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Every month, Worth Saving subscribers will receive an email which will include links to other organisations (including BMS World Mission partners) or information relevant to the worldwide movement of people working to care for creation. 
 
This is also where you can find links to existing BMS creation care resources.
 
Below are some previous months’ links. 

 

December 2016

 

Our final recommendation is an uplifting short film narrated by Morgan Freeman. Enjoy and share this hopeful short film from the United Nations about the real capacity we have to solve the climate change problem.

 

November 2016

 

Mark Greenwood, BMS Regional Team Leader for sub-Saharan Africa and South America, explores the unseen forces shaping our decisions and the challenge of walking our talk in the area of climate justice. [read more]

 

October 2016

As October’s Worth Reading article confirms, meat and dairy production contribute more towards climate change than the entire global transport sector combined. 
In the first of two persuasive blogs, environmentalist and activist George Monbiot asserts that, “the world can cope with seven or even ten billion people. But only if we stop eating meat.” He goes on to explain how it is the amount of land an animal-based diet needs that makes livestock farming “the most potent means by which we amplify our presence on the planet”.
 

When Mobiot first came across these figures relating to livestock farming he assumed that they must have been a misprint:

A kilogramme of beef protein reared on a British hill farm can generate the equivalent of 643 kg of carbon dioxide. A kilogramme of lamb protein produced in the same place can generate 749 kg. One kilo of protein from either source, in other words, causes more greenhouse gas emissions than a passenger flying from London to New York. His article (and the research it points to) is both revealing and compelling. And like flexitarian Izzy Woodman, he’s not suggesting that we never eat meat or other animal products again, but that we all, willingly, eat far less of them.

 

September 2016

Creation care post-Brexit

The EU Referendum debates and campaigns left Britain wounded and divided. With a new Prime Minister, a new Cabinet, and Labour's leadership challenges, this is a time for deep reflection and discernment. The environmental implications of Brexit are considerable and the vote to leave the European Union leaves areas of uncertainty, as well as opportunity, going forward. 
 
As Damian Kahya of Energy Desk points out in his Brexit: what happens next blog, “Brexit could mean anything from the loss of the majority of our environmental regulations to almost nothing… If the UK has to leave the single market in order to impose its own rules on migration… all EU directives on nature, water, pollution, energy, climate and the environment would immediately cease to apply… As with the single market option, you can’t predict what this would mean. It could mean either a bonfire of green-tape or a brave new world of rewilding and habitat protection.”
 
“For years, green groups have called for climate action to be baked into the core of Government policy, rather than operate in a kind of advisory capacity on the fringes. At first glance many feared the abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) might toll a death knell for UK action on global warming. However, rising from the ashes is a new department that has the potential to put the climate agenda at the very heart of Government,” writes Joe Wright in The Ecologist. Read more of his blog and pray for specific ministers and the civil servants working with them in this hectic and confusing period.
 
It’s encouraging to remember, as Ruth Davies writes in her piece for Common Good, “There has been no vote to destroy our woodlands and meadows.  There was no question on the ballot paper asking us if we wanted to tear up our obligations to cut climate pollution and stop co-operating with our neighbours and friends to tackle the impacts of extreme weather.
 
… The overwhelming majority of our fellow-citizens… are concerned to make sure that we leave a planet that is safe and prosperous for our children. They are more than willing to contribute towards solving international environmental problems if this is done fairly and with their active involvement and consent… So let’s get to work and argue for a new settlement that reflects the best of our country – its long history of environmental leadership on the international stage and its deep-seated love of nature.”
 

August 2016

Explore the Eco Church

Eco Church is a brand new award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth. There’s a parallel scheme for Scotland. The site has loads of promotional materials, a survey you can take to see where your congregation is now in five key areas of church life, and, once you register, all sorts of resources, including worship and teaching materials.

 

Catch up with “speak up”!

On a beautiful sunny day in Westminster, 9,000 people from around the UK came together to speak up, to over 330 MPs, for all many of things that they loved and wanted to protect from climate change.

For the love of the food on our plates. For the love of our global neighbours. For the Love of Somerset, the Arctic and the Great Barrier Reef. For the love of country walks and Britain's beautiful seasons. For the love of all the things we care about, the Climate Coalition is taking climate change seriously.

As inspiration for October 2016’s week of action, find out what happened in the highlights video from BMS partner Climate Coalition

 

July 2016

This month we’re delighted to be signposting two great contributions to creation care from Baptist ministers.

 

The Earth Will Teach You

The Earth Will Teach You is written by Kevin Durrant, minister of Matson Baptist Church in Gloucester. In a series of tender but practical reflections, Kevin discerns the voice of nature and the testimony of Scripture as they relate to the world around us and our responsibilities to it.

"I believe this book will make people realise that, though we do need to change, the change will be something more life-enhancing, more liberating and more exciting." Jonathan Ingleby

Helen Paynter, Associate Minister at Victoria Park Baptist Church in Bristol, has used some of the ideas in The Earth Will Teach You to produce a series of small group studies. A great resource for your small groups at any time of the year.

You can find more on both here.
 
The Timothy Project is an online theological course, supported by BMS World Mission, being used by 1,100 churches in 28 countries around the world. The creation care module, How to Care for Creation, is available on the project website at timothy-project.org and examines the theological and scientific aspects of sustainable development. It also considers the social, economic and political issues involved.
 

June 2016

To understand climate change, remember these three numbers 

Christian activist Bill McKibben has been an important environmental voice over three decades. Watch this three minute video that walks an audience through the maths of three easy numbers which capture the essence of preventing climate chaos. 
 

May 2016

Al Gore's 'case for optimism in climate change'

The former US vice president's TED talk moves from the terrifying to the incredibly encouraging. We think you’ll quickly spot the links between the optimism of the second half of the message he shares and the three “solution spaces” Christiana Figueres identifies in this month's worth reading piece.
 

April 2016

Michael Morpurgo visits Tidemill Academy primary school

Remember the I wish for you... film and its accompanying young people’s resource that we shared with you as part of our national campaigning in February? Screenwriter and Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo has been speaking about why we need to help children make the connection between their creative ideas and the climate crisis. Watch this 90 second film shot at a primary school using the Wishes for the World resource. If you want to encourage children to articulate their wishes for our world, get a school near you involved in this national letter writing competition.
 

March 2016

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) 

Explore this fascinating research into eliminating fossil fuel subsidies and low carbon transformation. 

Cutting subsidies for fossil fuels could result in a 12 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. CISL recognises that businesses have an important role to play in holding national governments accountable and in raising their level of ambition. 

Check out CISL’s Rewiring the Economy framework for actions that that encompass initiatives on carbon pricing, fossil fuel subsidy reform, and technology pathways. 

 

February 2016

Climate Coalition

The Climate Coalition is  the UK’s largest group of people and organisations dedicated to advocacy on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest communities. 
 

January 2016

The Stern Report
The burst of media attention around Paris might have reminded you of the journey the research community has been on. We’d still recommend the Stern Report or its very readable executive summary for mind-blowing scientific background, along with Lord Stern’s comment before the Copenhagen COP that even with these findings his report had underestimated the risks.

 

Laudato Si’
The Encyclical letter of Pope Francis on care for our common home. Here's a link to the full text and a summary written by BMS partner A Rocha.

 

December 2015

From 30 November to 11 December in Paris, world leaders will try to come to an agreement that will sustainably address the threat of climate change. This hugely important conference will be in our news for a while, and the link above will help you understand a little more of what it’s all about. 
 
A previous BMS World Mission creation care initiative that dealt with the underlying science and theology of creation care.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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