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Pray while you Fast for the Climate

Pray and Fast for the Climate Each month, Pray and Fast for the Climate produces prayer points for you to use while you fast. See a selection for March here.

 

Suggested prayer points – March 2015

Government commitments

Governments are due to submit their national plans by an informal deadline of 31 March to allow time for the United Nations to compile them before Paris.

China, the United States and the European Union - the top three emitters of greenhouse gases - have already outlined their plans. 

We pray that all governments take these decisions seriously and submit detailed and ambitious commitments.

UK political agreement

Last weekend saw the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaders sign an agreement pledging to work together to agree carbon budgets, to seek a fair, strong, legally binding, global climate deal which limits temperature rises to below 2°C and to accelerate the transition to a competitive, energy efficient low carbon economy. 

While the pledge doesn't break new ground, it is an encouraging step – and a crucial sign of consensus before the elections. We pray that climate change related issues are increasingly highlighted in the build up to the UK elections.

For the love of…

Give thanks for the wide impact the ‘For the love of…’ initiative from the Climate Coalition had around Valentine’s Day and for the excellent short film featuring so many well-known personalities.

Pray that all of us challenged by the film’s message continue to reflect on the threat climate change poses to what we love most. May that love and concern drive us to act.

Prayer from Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya of Swaziland

Loving God, 
blessed be the works of your hands,
your spirit inspires trees and birds and waves into song and dance.
It is that same holy wind that you breathed on your disciples and on all creation.
Let your spirit blow us to creative love and stewardship that shows reverence for your creation.
Blessed be the works of your hands o holy one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. 
Amen.

Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya of Swaziland was the first woman bishop in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

Psalm 36:5-6 (New International Version NIV)

Your love, o Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the great deep.

 

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