Part of Issue 35 Justice and Mission
Author: Ben Niblett, Head of Campaigns, Tearfund
If you close your eyes and say the words ‘climate change,’ what image comes to mind? There are a few common responses – wind turbines revolving in the sun, dry-cracked earth in a farmer’s fields, recycling bins, smoking factory chimneys. But the most likely, by a long way, is a polar bear on Arctic ice; an iconic image of the Environment under threat from polluting humans. It is a striking image, but sadly it does not seem striking enough to make us want to do much about it!
I have led Tearfund’s campaigns team since 2005, and during that time I have been talking to church audiences around the UK as to why we need to take action on climate. There is much interest, but so far climate is nowhere near the top of the Christian community’s agenda, Redcliffe College excepted. In this article I would like to explore why not, how we can wake the church up to this part of our discipleship, and why it should matter to us.
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