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Call for Lenten prayers for climate campaign

03 March 2017

RALPH HODGSON/TEARFUND

Hard labour: Sylvia, a mother of four from the village of Chirambi, Malawi, is helped to work her land by her 13-year-old son, Christopher. Last year, they only harvested four bags of maize, despite needing 20 bags to feed the family

Hard labour: Sylvia, a mother of four from the village of Chirambi, Malawi, is helped to work her land by her 13-year-old son, Christopher. Last year,...

A LENTEN prayer campaign launched by Tearfund is calling on Christians to pray and lobby for those affected by climate change in the world’s poorest countries.

The campaign Renew our World is asking governments who signed up to the Paris Agreement on climate change, 15 months ago (News, 15 December 2015), to keep their promises and invest in clean energy for everyone; set targets to meet the challenge to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees; and support more sustainable agriculture.

“This is our generation’s choice,’ the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam said. “We can beat poverty, and to do that we need to beat climate change. Previous generations didn’t know about climate change; for later generations, it will be too late. This is our generation’s challenge. We need to rise to it.”

Christians are asked to pray throughout Lent that governments will keep their promises on emissions. In addition to prayer, the campaign is calling for clean and renewable energy for the poorest communities in the world, and Christians are asked to sign up and send an email to the Department for International Development, calling for investment in solar panels, and large-scale batteries to bring electricity to the one in six people who currently have no access to it.

www.tearfund.co.uk

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