COP26 – What can my church do?

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How can your church speak and act prophetically in this crucial year? Read on for some ideas.

Climate Sunday

Organised by EIN, Climate Sunday is calling on all local churches, Christian denominations and networks to hold a climate-focused service on a convenient date before September this year.

Declare a Climate Emergency

Declaring a climate emergency is a powerful way to speak prophetically to society and government about the urgency of the climate crisis. 

The Climate Emergency Toolkit brings together loads of brilliant resources from lots of organisations, including Tearfund, Green Christian and many others  – organising them into a clear, manageable journey for every church. 

Green Christian called for churches to declare a climate emergency in 2019. We are delighted that Tearfund have put together this beautifully presented and easy-to-follow resource. We hope and pray that churches up and down the country will take this opportunity to be part of this prophetic voice for change.

Call for the CEE Bill

COP26’s success requires the UK to demonstrate genuine climate leadership in taking meaningful action commensurate with the unfolding emergencies.

The CEE Bill would legislate to close the huge gap between pledges and policies. Support for this radical and truth-telling legislation will demonstrate public and political support for radical action at the summit.

Pray for COP26

Get your church praying

See our Pray for COP26 page for ideas of how to pray in the lead-up to November. Important climate decisions are being made well ahead of the official negotiations – it is never too early to start praying!

Sign The Time is Now declaration

The Climate Coalition are calling for a cleaner, Greener world that works for everyone. You can sign The Time is Now declaration as individuals and also as a church.

Great Big Green Week

18 – 26 September 2021
A national week of events celebrating action on climate change

In September communities across the country will join together for the Great Big Green Week. It will be the biggest event for climate and nature ever in the UK, and everyone’s invited!

Can your church join in to show decision makers that your neighbourhood wants to see a cleaner, greener future by hosting your own activity during the week?

Season of Creation 2021

The Season of Creation runs from 1st September to 4th October. A time for churches to pray for and give thanks for God’s gift of creation – particularly pertinent this year in the run up to COP26.

This year’s theme for the Season of Creation is about our home and our community with God. The home is for all but it is now in danger because of greed, exploitation, disconnection and systematic degradation. The whole creation is still crying out.

It is our hope and prayer that we can become again a beloved community of intentional discipleship. Guides and resources are available from the Season of Creation website now.



Author: Ruth Jarman | Date: 22 June, 2021 | Category: Action Climate Emergency | Comments: 1

Comments on "COP26 – What can my church do?"

Iain Climie:

July 5, 2021

Can I suggest support (I.e. time, effort and money) for ideas like regenerative farming and silviculture which can act as carbon sinks. Have a look at Gabe Brown's work in N Dakota for example.

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