We find ourselves today facing a double crisis. Just as declarations of climate emergency rang out across the world, this COVID-19 pandemic has taken us all by storm. And what is clear again from the news on our television screens is that the most vulnerable are the worse affected. We are all coming to terms … Continue reading We need a Green Economic Stimulus
On the 16th March we had our first online Christian Climate Action gathering in the coronavirus era and we spent the first half of the meeting exploring how to look after ourselves in this difficult time. Here are some of the tips which were shared by mental health practitioner Holly-Anna Petersen. We need to be … Continue reading Taking care of ourselves in isolation
My name is Scout Cook-Collins. I'm almost 13 years old and live in a small town in Lincolnshire, England. I am an ordinary child attending an ordinary school. My parents were Methodist Mission partners, so I have lived in Central America for nearly 4 years, but I have settled back down in England again. When … Continue reading Rallying cry from Scout, the 13 y/o school striker
Jeremy Brown writes: At the end of last year I studied a module in Social Movement Theory, which gave me a unique opportunity to write about my experiences within Christian Climate Action over 2019. The essay title was about the role of religion in movements that identify as religious. This blog is a summary of … Continue reading Is Christian Climate Action motivated by religion? Or is there something deeper?
Michael Shaw, pastor of Devonport Baptist Church, writes about a commonly heard objection: I attended the February Fridays for Future March, along with 1,000 others from Plymouth and Devon XR. As we stood outside Barclays Bank calling for a radical change in their investment policy, an older man and his wife reacted to our protest … Continue reading I just want to get on with my life!
On the 12th February the Church of England synod voted to set its net zero emissions target at 2030. The date was proposed by Canon Professor Martin Gainsborough (Bristol), in an amendment that brought the target forward fifteen years earlier than the initially recommended date of 2045. The Christians of Extinction Rebellion, known as Christian … Continue reading Christians of XR respond to Church of England’s 2030 net zero target
By Christian Climate Action's Holly-Anna Petersen I have been working in the field of psychology now for a number of years. The primary reason why I decided to make the transition into the field was because I was frustrated with watching social justice movements rise-up, only to see them cave in on themselves. It seemed … Continue reading Don’t let the thing that stops our climate uprising be us
Holly-Anna Peterson, CCA member and mental health professional, writes about climate anxiety: In the face of climate emergency, the question has been raised about how best to communicate this threat to members of the public. Some voices have argued that to “tell the truth”, as Extinction Rebellion urges, is too much for the public to … Continue reading Extinction Rebellion: The only true solution to climate anxiety
Judith Russenberger reflects on XR and the early church: Recently I have been studying 1 Corinthians writing notes and questions for a local discussion group. I have been struck by the similarities between XR and the early church that was forming in Corinth. The people who joined the faith in Corinth were a mixed bunch. … Continue reading A reflection on XR and the nascent church in Corinth
Holly-Anna Petersen writes as a member of CCA who was not part of the Extinction Rebellion train action, reflecting on her thoughts and feelings about a divisive action: Extinction Rebellion has got a lot of coverage over the year - which has driven the issue of climate breakdown up the agenda. However, I think it’s … Continue reading Reflecting on the train action: moving forwards together