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/ 10 June 2020

Climate Sunday: giving a voice to local churches

To register for Climate Sunday visit: www.climatesunday.org

Climate Sunday has been organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland with support from charities including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, A Rocha UK, and Operation Noah.

Local churches are encouraged to hold a local Climate Sunday any time during a one-year period starting on 6th September (the first Sunday in the annual season of Creationtide). Free resources will be provided to suit every tradition and style of worship. During their local Climate Sunday, each church is invited to do one or more of three things:

  1. Climate service: Hold a climate-focused service, to explore the theological and scientific basis of creation care and action on climate, to pray, and to commit toaction.
  2. Commit: Make a commitment as a local church community to taking long term action to reduce its own greenhouse gasemissions.
  3. Call: Join with other churches and wider society by adding its name to a common call for the UK government to take much bolder action on climate change in this country in advance of COP26, and to strengthen its credibility to lead the international community to adopt a step change in action at COP26.

The culmination of the campaign will be a national Climate Sunday event on Sunday 5th September 2021, to share church commitments and pray for bold action and courageous leadership at COP26.

Chief Executive of A Rocha UK, Andy Atkins, and chair of the coalition, said:

“With the climate crisis accelerating and the UK due to host the COP26 climate talks in November 2021 in Glasgow, we believe the time has come for all churches across the UK to pray about and act on the climate crisis, as we have done in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Our vision is to leave a lasting legacy of thousands of UK churches better equipped to address this critical issue as part of their normal discipleship and mission; and to make a very significant contribution to civil society efforts to secure adequate national and international action at the COP26 conference.”

To register for Climate Sunday please visit: www.climatesunday.org

Find out more about the initiative by reading this blog by Andy Atkins, CEO of A Rocha UK: www.climatesunday.org/blog

To see our calendar of annual events concerning the environment please visit this page.

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