As Christians, our advocacy overflows from our understanding of who God is and the world he created – and loved enough to give his son to die for (John 3:16). Our advocacy also draws integrity from the actions we take in our own lives. That’s why we recommend the steps to advocacy below:
PRAYER & PRAISE
- Learn more about how your country is responding to climate change: Climate Action Tracker
- Speak to your church leader about how your local church is responding
- Learn more about how the family of Anglican churches around the world is responding: subscribe to the Anglican Environment Network mailing list
- Form or join a group of people who are praying for and advocating on issues of environmental justice
- Take action with your group to grow the Communion Forest
- Find out what influences your government e.g. the media, Members of Parliament, public opinion, business
- Engage in a conversation with these influencers: write to your local or national newspaper; write to your Member of Parliament; meet with local businesses; host an event at your church, raising awareness of the actions needed in your context and inviting local experts to speak; join with a demonstration of your concern on social media or in person.
It may not be safe to use some of the methods above in your country. If you need others to advocate for you, contact the Anglican UN team via [email protected] or [email protected]
Raise awareness of the Anglican Communion’s three main calls at COP28:
- A Just Transition: commitment to phasing-out fossil fuels, fastest in the highest polluting countries, ensuring dialogue with affected sectors and overcoming barriers to transitions in emerging markets.
- Resilience building in vulnerable communities: double funding for adaptation, working strategically with faith groups already in vulnerable communities and making sure women, youth and indigenous are at the table.
- Just Financing: countries that have done little to cause climate change should not have to pay for the damage it causes or the changes we need to limit it. This requires immediate action (payment into the loss & damage fund agreed at COP27) and long-term change (reforming financial systems driving debt and inequality).