Prayer Campaign 2019

12 Years

In 2018, the United Nations – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced that we have just twelve years to prevent the temperature of the world increasing above the level of 1.5 degrees Celsius above the preindustrial temperature. We are currently more than 1 degree above. Most scientists now believe that going above 1.5 degrees will lead to a significant increase in drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. At the current level of government commitments, the world is on course for a disastrous 3 degrees of global warming. The IPCC report calls for “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”, which includes changes to how we generate electricity, how we power our different forms of transport and a reversal from deforestation to reforestation of the world. To stop us going above 1.5 degrees by 2030 we must cut carbon emissions by 45 percent.

Pray and Do

This year, the Prayer Eleven prayer campaign is called “Pray and Do”, because it is both a call to pray for this world and a challenge to do whatever we can to reduce the carbon pollution in our own part of the world. Here is how we might like to pray for this world:

Prayer for the World

Heavenly Father, when you created this world, you looked upon it with love and saw that it was good (Genesis 1). In our greed for more, and our reckless use of the world’s resources, we are turning the green and pleasant home you gave us into an infertile and desolate place. We need your forgiveness. But we also need your wisdom in dealing with this problem and the kind of love for the whole of your creation that will move us to make good choices for how we treat this world. Please guide the governments of this world to work together with boldness and determination to solve the global warming crisis and show us what we can do to play our part. Amen

Ideas for Doing

Here are some ideas for how we may be able to get engaged with the global warming crisis.

• Contact your local and national government representatives to let them know how concerned you are about global warming.
• Recycle as much as you are able in whatever way that you can.
• Improve the insulation of your home.
• Purchase your electricity from non-carbon producing power stations if that choice is available to you.
• Try to reduce the amount of driving you do in vehicles with petrol or diesel engines.
• If you are changing your car this year consider buying a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or even an electric car if they match the needs you have for the car.
• Plant a tree, or even better, work with your neighbours and local government to plant many more trees in your neighbourhood.
• If you can afford to do so, consider replacing gas powered home heating systems or cookers with electric heating systems or cookers.

Please email a link for this page to others if you think they would want to join with us in this prayer.