We are not alone

Jesus cares for His creation!

“19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
Colossians 1:19-20

The body of Christ has power in unity

The Christian church, globally, has very significant land assets as well as experience of
living sustainably. It also has, in some countries, significant partnerships with private
landowners, business and governments, which it could seek to influence. Therefore
we call upon churches and church institutions in all countries to:

  • A. Share their learning across borders and traditions, to accelerate and maximize the contribution of church-managed land to addressing climate change and its impacts, and to protecting nature through Nature-based Solutions.
  • B. Assess the capacity of their landholdings to contribute to Nature-based Solutions (NbS), and to develop and publish plans for them to do so within two years of COP26, or integrate NbS fully into existing environmental strategies and plans.
  • C. We call on churches in rich countries to set ambitious targets to continually reduce carbon emissions and become Carbon Neutral as part of global efforts to reach Net Zero, including offsetting their unavoidable emissions by supporting churches in poorer countries most affected by climate change.
  • D. We call on churches to influence other landholders to steward their land for nature and address climate change.
  • E. We strongly encourage churches to form and join networks at the national level to learn and support each other in accelerating local churches’ response to the climate and biodiversity crises, including implementing NbS locally.
  • F. We call on Christian leaders to model actions towards carbon neutrality in their own lives and challenge individuals and organizations within their sphere of influence to radically reduce dependency on fossil fuels.
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