In a central place of the ‘Blue Zone’ in Dubai, 50 faith groups organise dozens of events. Evangelical environmentalists told Evangelical Focus what they plan to do at the large UN conference.
“As much as we need to mine, we have to set boundaries so as not to compromise the wellbeing of the community”, says Christian conservationist group A Rocha Ghana.
A survey in France shows that 76% of evangelicals know of Bible passages related to environmental care. Jean-François Mouhot (A Rocha) sees “a generational change in the churches”.
In France, evangelical Christians are more engaged than others in ecological matters. But some are also suspicious about ideological trends, a survey has found. We asked Jean-François Mouhot, director of A Rocha, about creation care, theology and churches.
A “first of its kind” survey conducted in France shows that evangelicals are more interested in environmental care than the average population.
Three Christian voices comment on the UN Climate Conference in the United Arab Emirates at the end of 2023. “It is vital that we end the fossil fuel industry’s influence over climate policy”.
“The 5% richest countries emit more greenhouse gases emissions than poorest 50%”, says the Christian conservationist organisation A Rocha.
In France, the destruction of forest fires was seven times the annual average. Christian environmentalists warn against responding to the crisis with “self-defeating views”.
The EU speaks of improved air quality, but “with every passing year the difficulty of mitigating the impacts escalates”, experts say. Christian environmentalists are convinced that “churches can play their part”.
Evangelical organisations call for action to preserve biodiversity in the statement ‘Faith Call to Action for the UN Summit on Biodiversity’.
Green parties gained much support in the recent local elections. To face the coming environmental crisis, “Christians will need a better grasp of the big picture of creation, fall and redemption”, says Rachel Calvert of A Rocha France.
“God has created an interdependent world within which humans have a responsibility to use the gifts and resources contained in the natural world wisely, cautiously and sustainably”.
International director Chris Naylor and his wife Susanna lost their lives in a “horrific car accident” in South Africa, A Rocha said in a statement. Co-founder Miranda Harris also died.
The European Commission unveils a strategy which includes “low and zero emission vehicles and alternative fuels”. Evangelical groups support policies in the line of the Paris Agreement.
Christians in Europe are “finally taking the challenge of climate change seriously”, says Dave Bookless of A Rocha.
About 90 delegates attended the European Creation Care and the Gospel conference in Nice (France). Chris Wright: “Whatever we do to God’s creation either points to, or diminishes, God’s glory”.
The conference drew about 90 delegates from across Europe. Scientists, theologians, activists reflected together on the theme “God’s Word and God’s World”.
About 90 people will attend the European creation care conference near Nice (France). “Churches have been lacking a vision that puts creation care at the heart of daily discipleship, worship and mission”, says Dave Bookless.
The US withdrawal will make climate change solutions more difficult, and climate catastrophe more likely. The decision is unjust, immoral and unworthy of a great nation.
“Is the gospel about human salvation from a condemned world or does it include hope for creation’s good future in Christ?” Lausanne Movement and World Evangelical Alliance sponsor the regional gathering.
Some of the ways that evangelical organisations are taking up the global challenge of implementing creation care as a mission task.
A short talk by the renowned environmental scienist Dr Katharine Hayhoe, during COP21 in Paris. She was one of the speakers of the A Rocha conference in the French capital, co-hosted by the Lausanne Movement Creation Care network.
“Declarations of intention are not going to be enough”, French President Hollande said. World leaders have unveiled a series of pledges to tackle climate change during the first two days of the summit.
Almost 200 nations will gather in France to discuss climate change next week. Christian creation care NGO A Rocha will be in Paris and organises the conference “A Christian response to climate change.”
Studying nature cannot be left to scientists alone. What is required for wisdom is not only the detached rational enquiry of science but also the immersed, meditative contemplation of artists and poets.