Pray and Fast for the Climate

Pray and Fast for the Climate is a movement of Christians in the UK praying and fasting on the 1st of each month for a meaningful and just global climate agreement at the UN climate talks.

The initiative is supported by members of the 'Faith for the Climate' network, including: A Rocha UK, The Baptist Union, Christian Aid, Christian Concern for One World, Climate Stewards, Commitment for Life, Hope for the Future, Operation Noah, Our Voices, SPEAK, Tearfund, The Church of England and its Shrinking the Footprint Programme, The Methodist Church, and The United Reformed Church.

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"Why fast for the climate?" asks the Revd Phil Jump - check out his reflections here and you can find healthy fasting guidelines from the NHS here.

You can pray and fast at any time of day, on your own or with others. Don't forget that fasting doesn't mean you have to starve yourself for the whole day. You can choose to fast and pray for the day, or just to fast during your lunch break and/or to pray with your home group in the evening. If for some reason you cannot fast from food, you can fast from something else - such as using your car or eating junk food - as a sign of your prayerful commitment.

1 November 2014 

Reflection from the Revd Ken Howcroft and Ms Gill Dascombe, President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference: 

"This Saturday marks the beginning of a new and hopeful initiative for climate justice. On Saturday and on the first day of every month until December 2015, Christians from many Churches and organisations are being asked to pray and fast for the climate in a campaign facilitated by Operation Noah. Climate scientists and campaigners have told us that nations must put binding and ambitious targets in place to reduce their carbon emissions. They also tell us that unless the COP21 summit in Paris in December 2015 achieves this, the world faces potentially catastrophic and irreversible climate change. How do we react to this challenge? Some simply disbelieve, while others feel powerless after the repeated failure of governments to make any significant progress. 

"As Christians we have the powerful disciplines of fasting and prayer to add to our practical engagement. Fasting is perhaps not something we do regularly or with intention. But while many of us in the developed world consume ever more energy, food and other goods, the developing world is already suffering from the effects of this unsustainable consumption. When we accompany our prayer for climate justice with fasting, we are intentionally denying that part of ourselves that forgets the meaning of the word 'enough', and seeking to awaken our solidarity with those facing famine, drought and rising water levels. 

"We hope that Saturday 1 November will release a growing tide of prayerful engagement and a renewed focus on climate justice in our churches so that by December 2015 governments will grasp not just that we care about climate change, but why we do."

Prayer

God of all creation
You have filled the earth with good things
Food, fuel, seedtime and harvest;
Land, property and prosperity
Placed at our disposal through your goodness.
We confess our capacity to make good things bad
Through taking and using more than we need;
Through placing profit and gain above the principles of care and sustainability
Many are left without
While others use the earth's resources for their personal gain.

And in its midst
Your world is speaking
Ravaged by storm and flood.
Melting Ice and rising seas
Declare afresh the message of their creator.
This earth is not ours to exploit
But yours, entrusted to our care.

Forgive us when we fail to listen
Forgive us for when we hear
But find the challenge too much for us.
Give us the resolve to act differently
The wisdom to be faithful stewards of your creation
The courage to work for change
And the contentment
To be satisfied only with what this earth can afford to give.
So may we be part of your New Creation
In every aspect of our living and being
Through Christ our Lord

Amen

Written by the Revd Phil Jump. 

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