A prayer for St David’s Day, clear calls to action from David Attenborough and the team preparing the UN climate talks, prayers for farmers and for those suffering because of floods and cold, and some encouraging news about new technologies and local action to plant forests.
There’s change in the US – and a new focus on adaptation globally. We mourn an inspiring leader – and take inspiration from her prayers. Electric cars are taking off – and we’re invited to show our love for creation in prayer and action.
As a new year begins, we bring before God the plans for the 2021 Conference of Parties – and the many plans being made throughout the world for recovery from the COVID pandemic.
This month, we hold in prayer all who are seeking to maintain momentum for climate action – young people in the ‘Mock COP’ and young and old working through different UN programmes. We pray for the forthcoming ‘Climate Ambition Summit’ – where countries will be invited to make major commitments – and for the people working quietly in the background to create detailed plans for change that will help us reach the goal. We lift before God those who have suffered from exceptional hurricanes in Central America, and pray that conversations with Latin American and other indigenous peoples will help to shape our attitudes towards protecting the earth.
Our prayer points this month celebrate the saints who show God’s love in care for creation, pray for the US elections and the UN climate talks that have been postponed, rejoice in God’s abundance, and ask God to guide us in using our money to create positive change.
Our prayer points this month look at a number of areas of life where wise and ethical choices are important – food, money, health and community. We pray for areas suffering from catastrophic flooding and wildfires and note some encouraging steps forward.
As the Season of Creation begins, we pray that it touches hearts around the world. We give thanks for progress on renewables and reducing transport emissions. We pray for those advocating for climate action – and, in response to the damage we see around us – ask God to guide governments, businesses and individuals in effective change.
We’re praying this month for those affected by the serious flooding in South and East Asia … and in response to new warnings from scientists about methane under the sea bed in Antarctica. We’re giving thanks for indigenous communities’ approaches to caring for creation and praying for their rights and concerns to be honoured. We’re looking at sustainable ways of replacing plastic, how churches are seeking to achieve net zero by 2030, and lifting before God a new organisation networking young Christians concerned about the impact of climate change.
As we see climate impacts in the midst of the current crisis, we wonder – what will the world that emerges from our current crisis look like? How can we pray and act to promote a just and green recovery?
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How do we care for our common home? As we reflect on the events of May’s Laudato Si week and look forward to the UN climate talks next year, we are conscious of the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Cyclone Amphan in India and Bangladesh, the floods and locust swarms affecting East Africa and the Arctic heat remind us of the importance of protecting the most vulnerable people and ecosystems. And we have new tools to help us play our part – for which we give thanks!
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