27 September 2004

Methodist Church signs Climate Covenant

The Methodist Church, four years on from the adoption of its Environmental Policy, has signed Operation Noah s Climate Covenant.

The Covenant commits the Methodist Church to take action against global warming.  It has already begun to take effect, and the Church is currently assembling a nationwide network of Green Apostles to tackle environmental issues.

Operation Noah, endorsed by The Methodist Conference in June, aims to show how the Gospel calls us to care for creation and for each other, and asks churches and individuals to petition local councils, MPs, and world leaders to protect the climate.

It will be formally launched at the Rainbow Pilgrimage in Coventry on the 9th October, which will combine a conference held in Methodist Central Hall, a city-centre procession, and a Cathedral service involving local schoolchildren.

Steve Hucklesby, Secretary for International Affairs at The Methodist Church, said: Few people deny that climate change is becoming a reality yet the predictions about global warming have failed to spur politicians into action.  Operation Noah is an opportunity for us to show that we care.  The situation is urgent.  Even if we ceased releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere today, global temperatures are still likely to rise because of the damage that has been done already.  For the sake of our children and our children s children we need to move to a low carbon economy quickly.

He continued: Over the coming years Operation Noah, working with churches and community groups, aims to bring all sectors of society together to act against climate change.  With a host of resources and ideas, such as educational materials and a volunteer helpline, Operation Noah is well placed to empower communities, churches and individuals to build a clean and just economy.

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