By Alison Morley | 22 February 2012
Alison Morley has instigated a 18-month partnership between the Methodist and the URC circuit in Wiltshire for Christian Aid, focussing on our climate campaign. Here she explains why.
The people of Wiltshire have spoken. Now is the time for climate justice. For 18 months churches in the county will be raising awareness of climate issues and fundraising for Christian Aid’s work.
We are hoping that engaging with climate change through the work of Christian Aid will help our churches to realise our responsibilities as Christians in caring for Creation.
Impressively, we have already raised more than £1,800 through a 100 mile sponsored walk. And this wasn’t just any walk - along the way they stopped at churches and community halls to hold events to educate people about global warming.
At times we found that people's opinions were divided over the issue of climate change, and how to respond to it.
Some churches were looking into becoming `eco-congregations’, while others were starting to work in partnership with other local climate friendly and sustainability groups.
Far from exhausted after walking for 100 miles, the group has many more events in the pipeline, from fundraising lunches and coffee mornings, concerts, and children’s events.
All the money raised will go towards Christian Aid’s work for climate justice. Christian Aid, as well as working around the world to help poor communities adapt to their changing climate and reduce the risk of disasters, also campaigns for reduced global carbon emissions and call on leaders to provide funds to help poor countries develop clean and sustainable futures.