|Lifestyle: Churches Thinking Globally and Acting Locally|
Increasingly we are seeing that we are part of the global family. What we do here locally affects the global community. God's heart extends to the lost, the least and the last and includes all of his creation. We have an opportunity here in Cumbria to pray and live in a way that supports the local and global environment and poorer people, here and in the wider world, who have contributed least to climate change but who are the most affected by it.
Look at Breathing Earth. This ireal-time simulation displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates.Photo: Breathing Earth
‘If the World was a Village of 100 people’ is an imaginative way of looking at our global situation. There is a poster version and a web version at Miniature Earth .
Our lifestyles and consumption in the the West has made the largest contribution to climate change. We use 10 times as many resources per person than people in Bangladesh. We also use 40 times more energy (heating, lighting, hot water, fuel for travelling, etc).
People in poorer countries have much smaller 'footprints' than us. They have contributed least to climate change but are suffering the most.
Consider linking with a church in a country affected by climate change
There is the opportunity to form a mutually supporting relationship of shared prayer and local community eco and social justice action. The children and youth could share together their experiences, ideas, music, drama and support each other in their local eco action. They could work on a joint media presentation about the issues affecting both churches and communities, pose questions and practical way s forward. Their findings could be presented to both local communities in the UK and in the partner’s country. Learning about each other’s family, church, community, spiritual, social, economic, and political life can help bring us together in mutual understanding, support and action. See also Tearfund's 'Connected Church'
The church in this part of Bangladesh is helping the community prepare for further flooding by building a church based emergency centre for all the community on higher ground. See Bangladesh Story.Photos: Tearfund
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