One such initiative is "Climate Sunday," a call on local churches across Great Britain and Ireland to hold a climate-focused service on any Sunday before the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, scheduled for 31 October – 12 November.
Eco-Congregation prepared a briefing on what COP26 is and how different people can get involved with their own churches. Over 1,500 churches across the UK are already taking part in Climate Sunday, with hundreds more planning to do so, demonstrating growing climate action by local congregations.
The goal is to leave a lasting legacy of thousands of churches better equipped to address this critical issue as part of their discipleship and mission and to make a significant contribution to civil society efforts to secure adequate national and international action at COP26.
The collective action and commitments from local churches across Great Britain and Ireland will be presented to the UK government at a Nations Climate Sunday Service with Glasgow Churches Together, streamed live from Glasgow Cathedral on 5 September.
For the Very Rev. Dr Susan Brown, convener of the Church of Scotland's Faith Impact Forum, COP26 offers “opportunities for activism, for learning and for putting into practice what we believe in,” she said.
"The activities in Glasgow will be out of bounds for most of the members of our church, but by embracing the technology which congregations have made good use of in the past 18 months, the chance to join in lectures, workshops and other events which are being planned and will form part of the COP26 fringe, marks a real change in how we can engage at local level,” added Brown.
"We need to ensure that the voices of those who are experiencing the effects of climate change are heard loud and clear.”