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Positive, practical solutions that help combat climate change are being encouraged, as part of Climate Week, a national campaign supported by the United Reformed Church.

Climate Week provides a platform for showcasing the good work that goes on to tackle climate change, generating discussion and fresh thinking.  Thousands of activities will take place from 12-18 March 2012 and awards will be given for the most impressive and inspirational projects.

The Revd Mike Shrubsole, URC minister and recently appointed coordinator of the environmental network Creation Challenge, has encouraged local congregations  to engage with Climate Week -  to examine the most recent evidence,  plan an event which publicises the issues  and  identify  practical responses through which churches can help to make a real difference.

Creation Challenge is the environmental network of the URC, the Methodist Church in Britain, and the Baptist Union of Great Britain.  Mike Shrubsole explains why climate change is such a hot topic again: “In 2009 we experienced the failure of the Copenhagen climate change conference to agree meaningful carbon reduction targets. This was followed by incidents which caused a loss of credibility in the work of some scientists. As a consequence, the voice of climate change sceptics began to control the carbon reduction agenda.

“Now, two years on, there is a growing sense that scientists have got their house in order, and that the evidence for climate change is stronger than ever. There is also a deeper appreciation that only responses which embrace every part of our life in community with one another, can hope to make a meaningful difference. That is why initiatives like Climate Week are so important”.  Hashim al-Kohan, Climate Week campaign coordinator, said: “We're delighted that the United Reformed Church will be supporting us in 2012, and in doing so, helping to highlight the good work that faith communities are doing.”  

For suggestions of how your congregation can get involved with Climate Week click here: www.climateweek.com

More about Creation Challenge here: www.creationchallenge.org.uk