Published on 12 December 2019
This time last year, we challenged ourselves and you, to rise up to the challenges of this climate crisis facing us all - collectively we've made real progress.
Around the world people have been rising up to stop this climate crisis and are challenging those in power to act.
From Youth Climate Strikes around the world, to the emergence of mass direct action led by Extinction Rebellion, to indigenous communities defending the Amazon, to activists halting construction of Kenya's first coal plant, to the anti-fracking groups who successfully halted fracking in England – we’ve seen the almighty power of people in action.
And you’ve played your part in this global movement.
- 12,000 of you from across the UK put your faith in action and lobbied over 350 MPs to address the climate emergency. This was the biggest mass lobby on climate Westminster has ever seen.
- Collective action on climate change pressured the UK Government to commit to get to net zero by 2050
- Thousands of you put pressure on HSBC to make the Big Shift and stop funding fossil fuels. You sent emails, wrote letters and visited local bank branches and much more – all which led to HSBC’s senior management requesting a meeting with CA board where we set out our concerns over their climate policies.
- Your actions resulted in HSBC ruling out the funding of all new coal power projects across the world – with the exemption of Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia. This was a significant shift from their position in 2018 where they defended coal power expansion.
- Campaigners in Scotland succeeded in getting the Scottish Government to commit to get to net zero by 2045.
None of this would have happened without your tireless campaigning- Great work!
2020 is already shaping up to be a monumental year for action on climate change. It’s the year of the critical UN climate talks in Glasgow, where the newly elected UK government has a vital role to play in stopping the climate crisis - it’s the year that could change the course of our planet.
Our challenge for 2020 is to continue to ensure that our collective actions speak louder than our words. And we’ll be working twice as hard to ensure that those in power make good on their promises.
You can get involved with our campaigning in 2020 in the following ways:
- We’re unleashing a year of non-stop prayer for climate justice. You and your church can join together with people around the world to bow heads and lift voices to build a better world.
- As the UK Government prepares to host the United Nations climate talks in Glasgow, we’re ramping up the pressure on the UK Government to create a just system that rebalances God’s creation by delivering a New Deal for Climate Justice. Sign the petition and find out more.
- We’re offering tools to churches in the UK who want to step out in faith and provoke those around them to love and good deeds through our new Campaigns Organiser volunteer role. You can find out more here.
Until then, from all of us in the Campaigns Team, we hope that you have a blessed Christmas and look forward to seeing you well rested and ready to go in the New Year!
Alpha, Sarah, Luke & Jess – the Christian Aid campaigns team