It comes on the same day as the largest opinion poll yet conducted on tackling global warming revealed that despite the pandemic, almost two thirds of people around the world now view climate change as a global emergency. More than a million people in 50 countries took part in the survey, with almost half the participants aged between 14 and 18.
Paul Cook, head of advocacy at Tearfund, said: “Tearfund, alongside other organisations, has launched a new resource for churches and Christian organisations, called the Climate Emergency Toolkit which is a step-by-step guide to respond to the climate emergency.
“2020 was one of the hottest years on record, and we’re seeing the impacts of the climate emergency increasing all around the world. We hope this new resource will help churches and Christian organisations to begin, relaunch or accelerate their response to the climate crisis, by providing the tools they need to engage their whole congregation, as well as to reach out and influence friends, workplaces and the wider community too.
"At the heart of the Toolkit is the invitation to declare, recognise or acknowledge that this now really is a climate emergency. The language of ‘emergency’ has gained a lot of traction over the past couple of years because it communicates both the scale and urgency of the crisis, and in this key year for climate negotiations we want to help churches to speak up with a united voice to call for ambitious action from world leaders, while using the Toolkit to do all we can ourselves too.”
Visit www.climateemergencytoolkit.com for more information and to download the toolkit.