Theological Reflections on COP26

In preparation for COP26, Green Christian invited some leading faith leaders, theologians and climate activists to offer reflections on how our faith, and wisdom from our traditions, could inspire us to hope, pray and act in the face of the task ahead. We will be publishing these every few weeks in the run-up to COP26 in November.


Hannah Malcolm

Hannah Malcolm is an ordinand in the Church of England and is writing a PhD on a theology of climate and ecological grief. Editor of Words for a Dying World.

 Our Duty and Our Joy, even Here and Now

The call to offer thanks and praise at all times and in all places requires a continual stance of gratitude and witness: for our lives to be testament to the gifts we have received and the ways we have been made as a gift to others. 


Bishop David Atkinson

Bishop David Atkinson, Bishop of Thetford in Norwich Diocese (2001-2009) and former Operation Noah trustee. Author of Renewing the Face of the Earth.

‘Our Christian story is not about “the acquisitive society” but rather about a cooperative society and the common good, which implies an approach to economics based not on the assumption of individual self-interest, but on living within God-given limits, on shared human values and the welfare of all God’s creation.’


Bishop James Jones

Bishop James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool (1998-2013), and Green Christian Patron. Author of Jesus and the Earth and Justice for Christ’s Sake

‘St Mungo prayed, “Lord, let Glasgow flourish” which became the City’s motto. Glasgow and every other community can flourish only if the whole earth flourishes. So our plea for this global conference should be “Let the earth flourish”.’


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Author: Ruth Jarman | Date: 1 January, 2021 | Category: Climate Emergency Opinion | Comments: 1


Comments on "Theological Reflections on COP26"

Iain Climie:

July 1, 2021

These are commendable views but remember James Gaius Watt, appointed by Ronald Reagan to Interior Secretary in the early 80s. He argued along the lines of "If God hadn't you'd open cast mining, he wouldn't have created coal seams close to the surface ". He was undoubtedly devout but the attitude of feeling not just entitled but obliged to loot the world contrasts dramatically with those of various religions (including animists) who argue for careful usage instead.


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