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‘Sustainability Book’ offers Christian perspective on Sustainable Development Goals

31 October 2019

A new publication, The Sustainability Book offers online texts and resources about the Sustainable Development Goals for use by congregations, gatherings, and individuals.

Edited by Anne Marte Skaland and Guro Almås, The Sustainability Book is a toolbox that will help people fight for a better world.

“It is this will that drives a peace activist in Cambodia, a human rights activist in Cameroon and an environmentalist in Canada,” the foreword reads. “It is this will that drives people who sacrifice everything for the rights of others, and it is the same will that helps us everyday activists to try as best we can.”

The editors note that the Sustainable Development Goals represent both something old and something new. "The struggle for peace, for the environment and for justice is by no means new,” reads the foreword. “Although the struggle is old, these goals create a new impetus.”

It is the sum of all of our actions that determines the path forward, the editors write. “In our everyday lives, we can choose climate-friendly solutions, we can buy clothes that are ethically manufactured, and we can pick up plastic along the beach,” the foreword reads. “In order to change the basic structures that create conflict, injustice and environmental degradation, we must be united in our cause.”

The book invites churches and Christian organisations to make up a network with branches in communities around the world. “Will we be able to use the resources we have at our disposal to generate meaningful changes?” the editors ask. “The combination of facts, Biblical reflections, questions and prayers will allow you to use this book as a resource in sermons, Bible study groups, confirmation teachings and devotions.”

The Sustainability Book, funded by Norad, was published by the World Council of Churches, Norwegian Church Aid, Christian Council of Norway, World YWCA, Church of Norway, Digni, Samarbeid menighet og misjon, and ACT Alliance.


The Sustainability Book is available here