The Christianity and Climate Change Bible Study series: Session 7

It’s not too late’ 

A group of wind turbines in the ocean

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Offshore wind turbines generating renewable energy ©Paul-Langrock.de

Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and Tearfund supporter responds to the question:

“Given the trajectory in our use of greenhouse gases and the global rise in temperature, is it already too late to react? Will the temperature continue to rise no matter what we do?”  Watch the video

The key Bible passages for this session are:

Philippians 2:3-4

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others”.

Mark 12:30-31 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all you strength.” The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
The UK government has adopted a target to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 (compared to 1990 levels).

Quick progress can be achieved by 

Increased efficiency

Replacing fossils fuels with clean energy

Changing our lifestyles

What can we do personally to reduce emissions (include consumer goods and packaging)?
There is high unemployment and high levels of deprivation in towns that rely on the oil, gas and coal industry. During the transition to renewable sources of energy unemployment and the levels of deprivation will increase amongst people working in the oil, gas and coal sector.

“We’ll only achieve a better world if we don’t leave people behind” Katherine Hayhoe

Reflect on this with the two bible passages in mind (Philippians 2:3-4 & Mark 12:30-31

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          Hail, Holy Light! The World Rejoices by Edwin P. Parker

Prayer 

“Lord we pray for the world leaders who will be attending the G7 conference in Cornwall from 11- 13 June; we pray that they will focus their attention on poverty, the environment and climate change to benefit every living part of your creation for years to come”

We remember the words of St Paul in his letter to the Ephesians: “God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” Ephesians 20:20