30

Oct

2013

By divesting, the Churches of the UK can have a real impact

 

by Nicky Bull, Operation Noah Board member

I see Operation Noah’s Bright Now campaign on church disinvestment from fossil fuels as an important wake-up call to the Churches in the UK, encouraging them to think again about the issues surrounding climate change and to put their capital where their gospel is!

I got on board with faith-based environmentalism through a deep-seated abhorrence of waste: the littering of the landscape with supermarket carrier bags; the feeding of too many animals with crops that could be feeding the starving; and the apparent ease with which those in the global North throw away food and possessions when they have simply had enough of them and want something new.

There is so much that we as individuals cannot do when it comes to addressing the big issues of justice and peace in the world but when it comes to climate change I believe we can all do something and, as a result, I want to help Christians make the link between the basics of their faith – the message of Jesus Christ – and caring for the creation that God has entrusted to us for our lifetimes.

 

Photo credit:  Bill Oxford on Unsplash

We are merely tenants on earth and yet we have a responsibility to future generations and to our neighbours right across the globe to do everything we can to leave the world a better place. We are currently failing in that sacred trust and unlike our forebears we cannot claim ignorance.

I believe that by disinvesting from fossil-fuel companies the Churches of the UK can have a real impact – just as they did when they supported the Jubilee 2000 and Make Poverty History campaigns – and that not only will widespread disinvestment encourage the large fossil-fuel corporations to review their strategies for fuelling a low-carbon future but the public will see the Churches standing by their Christian principles and demonstrating love for their neighbours.

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Nicky Bull

Nicky is an Operation Noah board member. She read Biochemistry at Oxford and Human Nutrition in London and now works as a freelance editor and proofreader. She is active in her local Baptist church. In 2011 she completed a Masters degree in theology from St Andrews University, studying Christian responses to climate change for her dissertation.