What is the international community doing about it?
Currently, not enough. In 2009, $100 billion a year of funding was promised by world leaders to help tackle the climate emergency in vulnerable countries. That promise has yet to be fulfilled.
In November, the UK is hosting the UN Climate Talks – COP26. This event has always been of crucial importance, but now looks as though it could be a make or break moment for our world. As host, the UK Government needs to answer this wake up call by pushing to end support for polluting fossil fuels and prioritising a sustainable recovery from the pandemic.
Is there hope that things can change?
Yes – if action is taken now. The IPCC report says that rising temperatures can be stabilised if widespread and deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are made within the next few years. It is vital that we keep putting pressure on governments and businesses to make this happen. And the church can help lead the way – loving our global neighbours and shining the light of Christ by boldly speaking out on this issue together, as well as making changes in our own lives.
What is Tearfund doing?
In our work around the world, Tearfund has been seeing the effects of the climate emergency for years. We’re supporting vulnerable communities by working through the local church and other partner organisations. This work includes building homes that are more resistant to storms and floods; giving farmers the seeds, tools and training they need to cope more effectively with drought; and campaigning for governments to make good on their climate pledges.
How can I pray right now?
God of creation,
At this time of great need and urgency,
we pray for your kingdom to come.
We pray for world leaders to wake up
and see the need for immediate action.
We pray that industries that are polluting the world
will start to put people before profits.
And we pray for all those who are suffering now
because of the climate emergency –
bring comfort, bring protection, bring relief.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
We have also produced a prayer room resource
that’s designed to encourage and equip your church or group to pray for the climate emergency.
What else can I do?
Tearfund is signed up to The Climate Coalition Declaration, which calls on the UK government to lead the world in delivering a recovery from the pandemic that limits global heating to 1.5°C. Any further heating after that could have disastrous consequences. By signing the declaration
, you can urge our government to take serious action in tackling the climate emergency.