• Praise for 'Theology of Climate Change' paper

    Posted by Tabitha

    7 April, 2011

    I came across the following article praising our 'Theology of Climate Change' paper on the Christian Today website. I was encouraged to see that the effort of our Theological Working Group has been met with appreciation. Great timing with the launch of our 'Share the Earth' MDG7 campaign too...

    Christians and Climate Change

    The issue of Climate Change continues to heat up in Australian politics with the Federal Government taking a major hit in the polls for its controversial carbon tax, while the Opposition continues in its refusal to accept the science of climate change.

    While this may leave you unsure of who to believe and scratching your head to work out why it has become such a political hot potato, it is vital Christians look to the Bible for an appropriate response.

    In 2009, The Australian Christian aid campaign, Micah Challenge released a statement called a "Theological Response to Climate Change". This paper is as relevant today as it was when it was first released and is a must read for any Christian wanting to form a biblical response to the issue.

    Micah Challenge shapes their theological response to Climate Change by suggesting climate change is as much a moral and social issue as it is a scientific issue. The report states:

    "Climate change is as much a social and moral issue as it is an environmental issue. Its far-reaching effects will touch all of us in some way. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) a group of over 2,500 leading scientists from around the world are now predicting a rise in globally averaged temperatures of between 2◦C and 6◦C by the end of this century. With these changes in temperatures, scientists are predicting that we in Australia will experience more extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, and heat waves, further water shortages and more intense bushfires. The most recent IPCC Fourth Assessment Report stated that it is now very likely that most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures in the last 50 years is attributable to human activities."

    The report goes on to examine the economics, science and politics behind climate change and offers a biblical response to the questions Australian society is faced with today:

    "As Christians, our faith shapes the dimensions of our moral and ethical response, which includes a strong imperative to fulfill Jesus' most basic teaching "to love your neighbour as yourself" (Mt 22:39) We are also called to advocate for those who are voiceless or marginalised, "The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour." (Lk 4:18-19) In developing a theology of climate change, this bias for the poor and tackling injustice is paramount."

    Finding biblical based responses to this important issue is difficult. Often Christians and the Church do not want to make open statements about climate change because of the politicisation of the issue.

    Micah Challenge should be congratulated for taking a considered, biblical stand on this issue and for making their consideration public for all to see; Christian and non-Christian alike are free to criticise accordingly.

    The 17 page report can be found in full on on our MDG7 resources page under Faith Resources: www.micahchallenge.org.au/mdg7

    By Christian Today reporter, Clayton Hinds. This article originally appeared on the Christian today website.