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A recap on Reboot

As we wrap up our Reboot campaign, we look back at all that’s happened through this one-of-a-kind campaign. 

Written by Sarah Wiggins | 17 Dec 2021

Tearfund staff marching in Glasgow for the COP26 Day of Action (Chris Hoskins/Tearfund)

As 2021 comes to an end, so does our Reboot campaign – a one-of-a-kind campaign that began by looking at new opportunities to build a better post-coronavirus world. Tearfund’s climate campaign lead, Sarah Wiggins, reflects on all that’s happened over a momentous year-and-a-half.

‘In turbulent times, it's important we stay focused on the bigger picture.’

Back in May 2020, we sent these words in an email to launch Tearfund’s Reboot campaign. Despite the huge uncertainty of those days, more than 5,000 Christians wrote to the prime minister calling for the UK Government to rebuild in a way that prioritises the poorest, tackles the climate emergency, and creates a better world for everyone.

Together, we’ve done so much since then! The other day, I was asked, ‘How much of a difference does our campaigning make?’ The power really is in numbers, and also in diversity. Our actions have the greatest impact when we join with others. That’s a big reason why we chose to collaborate in wider coalitions and movements for the Reboot campaign. Over the last year and a half, this campaign has helped to:

Protesters in parliament square with a giant Christmas card for Boris Johnson (Tearfund)

Campaigners in Parliament Square delivering the giant Christmas card calling for climate action.

Times have changed since the start of the pandemic, and painfully, times of turbulence now seem to be the norm. So, to take our own advice from back then, I have been wondering what the bigger picture is that we should focus on now – and what difference we can hope for. As we wrap up the Reboot campaign, and look forward to more climate campaigning in 2022, the original priorities remain: addressing climate change, poverty and inequality.

Through difficult times, we are learning to keep going, trusting in God’s faithfulness, no matter what is thrown at us. Amid all the restrictions and uncertainty, our Christian climate movement has grown bigger and broader, and we have been part of bringing about change. This gives us hope and joy as our journey carries on, and reminds us to keep trusting in our all-loving, just and powerful God. I’m encouraged, as I turn to 2022, by the clarion call of Amos 5:24:

‘But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!’
Amos 5:24

With our eyes fixed on God, we will keep calling out for climate justice. One of the ways in which COP26 fell short was that richer nations did not deliver on their overdue promises to invest in helping communities on the frontline innovate and respond to the climate crisis. So this is what we’ll be focusing on in 2022. Alongside this, we’re looking forward to sharing some more stories of what has been working: for UK Christian climate campaigners, and also stories of people bringing about change in poorer communities around the world.

To close, we’d like to thank all our supporters who have sacrificially remained faithful and continued campaigning during the pandemic. It really has made a difference. God goes before us – and may justice roll on like a river.

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