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ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE

Cathedral Social Justice Statement

 

The Five Marks of Mission

CLIMATE CONVERSATIONS

Climate and creation care communications: 
engaging Queensland Anglicans

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Our messaging principles, pillars and tips were developed by cross-commission staff and clergy across the Anglican Church Southern Queensland (ACSQ) as part of the Resource Churches project, in consultation with a Christian climate scientist and other consulting Christians. The document has been specifically developed to assist ACSQ clergy, lay leaders and other staff involved in climate and creation care related communications, so that hope; agency; humanising and respectful language; solutions and shared values; and, Christian mission and identity are emphasised and encouraged.

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EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY

Earth Overshoot Day is the day when humanityʼs demands for ecological resources (such as water, fish and other living creatures, forests and soil), exceeds what the Earth can renew in a year. This is driven by our attitudes and disconnect towards the Earth, our common home that God created and entrusted to our care. More info: WWW.OVERSHOOTDAY.ORG
As Christians, we can mark Earth Overshoot Day to raise it in the public consciousness and create a call for transformation of our attitudes and actions. This is why we are coming together in symbolic action and prayer. Ultimately, we need individual and collective “ecological conversion”. That will enable us to repair our relationship with God and with Creation. And that will enable us to repair our relationship with the life-support systems on Earth so that they can repair and renew and life as we know it can continue.
 
Each year the Cathedral hosts a short liturgy, toll our church bell and light candles.
We pray for people to see the ecological crises in our midst and for “ecological conversion.”
 
In 2021 Overshoot Day will fall on July 29.

CLIMATE FOR CHANGE

Studies about the Climate Crisis 

The COVID 19 pandemic has created a climate for change. It has laid bare inequality and provided a dress rehearsal for what awaits if we fail to address Climate Change and cut our carbon emissions. Climate for Change is a challenge to take our love and responsibility for the world seriously. Many of us have known for some time that we need not only to ‘care’ but also to ‘act’. Russell Rollason walks with us through a series of studies that help us realise not only that we can act – but that we must. These studies provide reasons to change and pathways that will allow us to turn our good intentions into concrete, world-saving action.  

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There is time to change the future of our planet. We need to be informed, to get angry and to get going. As Augustine of Hippo said, “Hope has two beautiful daughters, their names are anger and courage. Anger that things are the way they are, and courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”  

Climate for Change urges people of faith and hope to become activists for a sustainable future. Our children and grandchildren will inherit the fruit of our decisions. 

“I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if your house is on fire. Because it is” 
Greta Thunberg at the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland, January, 2019. 

What should we do about Climate Change?  Is it really urgent? Where lies our Hope in Christ for a better world? Explore these questions and links in a new set of five discussion studies: Climate for Change. 

Each year, from September 1 to October 4, the Christian family around the world celebrates the Season of Creation in prayer and action to protect our common home, God’s creation. 

Written specially for ABM as a contribution to the global ecumenical Season of Creation, the studies are available for free download or can be purchased in an A4 printed booklet.

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