Information for Campaigning on Climate Change, Tax Justice, Gender and Trade
The Big Shift
We need a Big Shift in the way our economy works. Trillions of pounds are sitting in personal bank accounts to be lent to or invested. The decisions made with that money are crucial. So are our banks using it in a responsible way that will allow God’s people and abundant planet to thrive? Christian Aid’s research suggests that the answer is no. Banks are still financing oil and gas companies and the building of coal-fired power stations far more than renewable energy projects. The largest UK high street banks do not seem to have a plan to reduce and phase out their financing of fossil fuels, even though most of them have publicly recognised the need for global temperature rises to stay below 2°C of warming. So how can you get involved? Christian Aid has been engaging with the biggest UK banks about their climate plans already. But the banks are more likely to act fast if members of the public ask them to. Your voice is crucial to getting this issue heard and winning the changes needed. Thousands have already emailed the CEOs of four of the biggest high street banks: Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and RBS, making it clear that climate change is a matter that concerned citizens really care about.
But emailing the banks will not be enough, by itself, to shift their practices. We must increase the pressure on them in other ways too. Here’s how you can take the campaign further, and stop our banks fuelling climate change.
• Get more people involved and demonstrate the size of our movement.
• Learn more about the financial risks associated with climate change and talk to others about the issues.
• Visit your local bank to show that this really matters to your community.
• Ask your church and church leaders to speak out.
Campaign resources can be found at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/ActNow/campaigns/index.aspx
Climate Bible study – download discussion starters, worship resources including prayers, sermon notes and suggested hymns to link in with The Big Shift campaign.
Complete an online survey about how you are caring for God’s earth in different areas of church life. The answers you provides will allow you to collect points towards an Eco Church Award – the more your church does, the more points you get! The survey takes you through five key areas of church life:
Worship and teaching
Management of church buildings
Management of church land
Community and global engagement
You can save your survey responses at any point and return to update them as your church completes additional actions. www.ecochurch.org.uk
The Climate Coalition- Show the Love
This February, thousands of people across the UK again turned hearts green to #showthelove for the people, places and life we want to protect for generations to come.
Watch this year's film here http://fortheloveof.org.uk/
Great resources also available http://fortheloveof.org.uk/resources/
Pray and Fast for the Climate 1st of the Month
Pray and fast with Christians across the world on the first of every month. Lots of ideas and worship resources here
Operation Noah is an ecumenical Christian charity providing leadership, focus and inspiration in response to the growing threat of catastrophic climate change.
Global Divestment Mobilisation coming soon!
From 5-13 May, thousands of people all over the world will be taking action to highlight the climate impact of our churches, universities, pension funds and banks and call on them to divest from fossil fuels and invest in a brighter, cleaner future.
Operation Noah's Bright Now campaign is calling on churches to take a lead by divesting from fossil fuels and investing in clean alternatives. Perhaps your local church could make a divestment commitment (or commit not to invest in fossil fuels in future) and urge national/regional church investors to do the same? Please visit the Bright Now website for details http://brightnow.org.uk/
Many resources including scientific information and worship resources here
Christian Aid Report on gender. Of the same flesh: exploring a theology of gender written by Susan Durber
TTIP (Transatlantic trade and investment partnership) European Action. The Trade Justice Movement is now supporting the campaign against TTIP. TTIP will install global trade rules that threaten public services in the UK and give companies the power to sue states. It will also lock in global trade rules that make it harder for the developing world to ‘catch up’ www.wdm.org.uk/ttip . #No TTIP Times and action cards are available from Matthew Bramall, Global Justice now - formally World Development Movement (0207 8204934)
Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement CETA Update:
Unfortunately, when the European Parliament voted on CETA , campaigners lost and CETA was ratified. Global Justice Now are proud of the campaign they ran – over 10,000 people emailed their MEP to ask them to oppose it and they managed to convince the Scottish National Party and a majority of Labour MEPs to support the campaign. Thanks for all your support. It’s not completely over. CETA still needs to be ratified by all national governments across the EU. While that gets going, they continue to build a movement to ensure democratic control and parliamentary oversight of all future trade deals.