“The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.” Psalm 24:1-2
We are fortunate to live in a beautiful, diverse, nurturing, awe-inspiring planet. Our children and all future generations deserve the same, but it’s a world that’s ever changing!
With wildfires and extreme temperatures sweeping across much of the globe many are affected by climate change – the consequences now include, amongst other things, intense droughts, water scarcity, severe fires, rising sea levels, flooding, melting polar ice, catastrophic storms and declining biodiversity. Climate change also affects our health, ability to grow food, housing, safety and work.
The climate crisis is one of the most pressing issues of our time. We all need to take action. We have a collective responsibility to care for God’s creation. Prayer can make a powerful difference. But it can be hard to know where to start.
Enclosed is an easy-to-use guide to help us to pray for the climate crisis .
WHAT TO PRAY FOR :
The impact of climate change on vulnerable communities .
. Pray for protection for communities who are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including people living in poverty, indigenous peoples, and coastal communities.
. Pray for resources and solutions to help these communities adapt to the changing climate and protect them from harm.
. Pray for justice and for fair policies to be implemented to support these communities.
The need for governments and corporations to address the climate crisis.
. Pray for leaders in government and corporations to acknowledge the urgency of the climate crisis and take bold action to tackle it.
. Pray for policies and regulations that prioritise sustainability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
. Pray for transparency and accountability in corporate practices related to the environment .
The role of the church in tackling climate change.
. Pray for the church to recognise and respond to the urgent need for collective action to combat climate change.
. Pray for opportunities for education and discussion within the church community to raise awareness.
. Pray for local churches around the world who are already doing so much to address this issue.
The impact of climate change on wider creation.
. Pray for the protection and preservation of wildlife and ecosystems affected by climate change.
. Pray for resources and solutions to restore natural habitats and protect endangered species.
. Pray that the huge harm already done to creation can begin to be reversed, so that all life can thrive.
The need for renewable energy.
. Pray for advances in technology and infrastructure to support renewable energy sources.
. Pray for policies and practices that support the transition to renewable energy and phase out the use of harmful fossil fuels.
. Pray for individual and collective actions to reduce energy consumption and promote sustainability.
Thank you for joining in praying for the climate crisis. It’s a situation that can be desperately overwhelming, but we can find strength in the fact that we don’t have to face it alone. Together as God’s church, we can make a real difference.
Written by Tearfund.
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it”Genesis 2:15