Going Green in 2017
Thank you for being part of Christian Aid’s Big Shift campaign. In October ten of us visited High Street branches with your messages to urge banks to invest in renewables. In each bank, letters for the CEO were received cheerfully. Sixteen thousand people across the country lobbied banks in September and October! HSBC has since announced it will spend $100bn combatting climate change. This is encouraging but CA urges further action because they are still funding fossil fuels. Some of you may be interested in looking at Christian Aid’s new report A Virtuous Circle: scaling up investment in low carbon energy (available on the CA website and in the coffee bar).
As I write this, COP23 is happening in Bonn. It is two years since the Paris Climate agreement which all countries have now committed to (except for the USA who have withdrawn), Nicaragua in October and Syria in November being the last two nations to agree. The emphasis at this point is toward bold and ambitious action before 2020, in order to prevent the worst of catastrophic climate change. I pray for strong leadership from those involved in setting the frameworks that we can then act in.
Those of you in house groups will be working through the Hope for Planet Earth series. I hope that has encouraged deep, heart-searching conversations. Our context is a hopeful faith, and a tide of global will towards living gently on the earth – a good context in which to share our own stories. Look out in Yours next year for stories of the impact of creation in a regular interview slot Hope for Planet Earth: Witness.