Information for Campaigning on Climate Change, Tax Justice, Gender and Trade
Tax is one of the most powerful tools that countries can use to lift their citizens out of poverty. It enables governments to raise money for vital services such as education, healthcare and transport, without having to depend on aid or loans from outside the country. Christian Aid is calling on local councils to take a stand against tax dodging – by posing a set of tax compliance questions to the companies with whom they do business. If enough councils do so, this closer scrutiny will send a clear message to multinational companies providing goods and services in our local areas (and in many cases also operating in developing countries), that tax dodging will not be tolerated.
As Christians, we are called to put our faith into action by loving our neighbours and caring for the earth, our common home.By using clean, renewable energy we can help restore the earth and bring balance to God’s creation. Following the historic UN climate deal in Paris in December, the shift towards renewable energy has well and truly begun. Now we need to keep up the pressure on politicians and companies to go further. One way we can do this is to take small positive steps in our homes, churches and communities. Churches of all denominations, shapes, sizes and locations are joining together to make a Big Church Switch to 100% renewable electricity in 2016. Christian Aid have teamed up with the Church of England’s Parish Buying scheme to support churches to switch easily and affordably through a dedicated website.
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 turned hearts green to #showthelove for the people, places and life we want to protect for generations to come. ‘War Horse’ author Michael Morpurgo and actors Jeremy Irons and Maxine Peake joined forces to make a powerful 5 minute film
Christian Aid - The Big Shift
Christian Aid's latest campaign 'taking action for a cleaner brighter future.' To read more click here.
Climate Bible study – download discussion starters, worship resources including prayers, sermon notes and suggested hymns to link in with The Big Shift campaign.
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
Commitment for Life climate change worship resources Service notes for 2015
Operation Noah is an ecumenical Christian charity providing leadership, focus and inspiration in response to the growing threat of catastrophic climate change. Many resources including scientific information and worship resources here
A movement towards fossil free churches http://brightnow.org.uk/
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)