31 October 2011
On Sunday 6 November, a global movement of Christians all over the world will be taking part in a global day of prayer for action on climate change.
Thousands of Christians from Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the UK, Nepal and 50 other countries will be praying for poor communities around the world already experiencing the devastating impact erratic weather patterns are having on their livelihoods.
Hope for Creation has been organised by 'Christian relief and development agency' Tearfund in response to the desperate need for urgent action on climate change.
Ben Niblett, Tearfund’s Head of Campaigns, said: ‘We need world leaders to take ambitious and fair action to tackle climate change and provide the finance needed to help poor people adapt and develop sustainably.
‘Hope for Creation combines the power of prayer, the passion for social justice and the determination to speak out, and demonstrates to the world that the church has a strong and united voice to bring to development issues.’
Tearfund is asking churches around the world to devote a section of their services to the issue of climate change and pray at home or gather with friends.
The Hope for Creation Global Day of Prayer takes place a month before the UN climate talks in Durban.
Tearfund highlights that a low-ambition outcome at this meeting is not an option and stresses that an agreement on where the money is coming from to help developing countries to build resilience and mitigate against the impacts of climate change is crucial.
'Progress on agreeing a fair climate deal for poor communities has been painfully slow. On November 6 we will be praying with thousands of others that the process will pick up pace. We’re asking for Christians everywhere to join us by praying and speaking up for justice for our global neighbours and for action to protect God’s creation,' Niblett concluded.
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