Climate Conference COP26 - the big picture

In the All Nations Family we often pray, “Lord help us see what You see and feel what You feel.” What does God see and feel in relation to our stewardship of the earth? The creation narrative in Genesis 2 expresses humankind’s mandate from God for the garden of Eden as “to till it and keep it.” v15

As we are all aware, the climate is changing, with devastating results to many ecosystems, communities and livelihoods. Through changing weather systems, we all now experience some of the effects of the rise in global temperature. But as I have said here before, it is some of the poorest communities across the earth who bear the brunt of the challenges, whether because of flooding, drought or changing ecosystems. The poorest 3.5 billion people are responsible for just ten per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, Lectio 365 04/11/21;

I thank God for the U.N. Climate Conference! And it is my heartfelt prayer that many governments will grasp this opportunity to forge agreements, work together and spearhead changes which will have the potential to reverse the trend of global warming and to begin to address the injustices it is causing.

On Saturday November 6th people across the U.K and the world will join in a day of action to highlight the climate emergency, with events taking place in many locations. There are more details at plus resources to help us support the day of action via social media.

On Sunday 7th November, many churches around the nation will be giving special focus to the climate issue. The COP27 church service will be live-streamed at 3pm on Sunday afternoon, see 
The voice of God through scripture calls us repeatedly to demonstrate His heart of compassion towards the poor; here are just a few examples:

Proverbs 31.8-9
'Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.’

Psalm 146.7-8
‘He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down.’

Luke 4.18-9, Jesus is quoting from Isaiah 61; this passage is often referred to as ‘The Kingdom Manifesto’
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

Let’s join our voices in prayer with many others over the next few days that “the rulers of the earth will be wise … and serve the Lord with fear,” Psalm 2.  

- Catherine Horton
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