One Typhoon Too Many

It was around 6pm when my phone vibrated. An alert was warning me of severe flooding, flash floods and landslides. Typhoon Vamco was heading towards us.

Just ten days after Super Typhoon Goni devastated the Bicol region of the Philippines, another storm was coming. Where I live in Isabela (in the north of the Philippines), we thought the storm would only bring rain – nothing dangerous. We weren’t expecting it to be so severe.

A Prayer for Our World

A Prayer for Our World

Adoration & Thanksgiving

Dear Lord, 

We worship You as the Creator and Sustainer of the universe,

The Saviour and Lord of this world,

The Author of love, and 

Giver of all good gifts.

 

We thank You for blessing us with abundant life in You.

Imagining Jubilee in Southern Africa

Imagining Jubilee in Southern Africa

The crises shaking our world this year have reminded us of the urgent need to heal our relationships with each other and the natural world. Fittingly, the theme for Season of Creation this year is “Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope”. Many in this Renew Our World community have been thinking deeply about the opportunities COVID-19 provides for reshaping the future. 

Season of Creation

Season of Creation

Rachel is the Environmental Coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa which includes South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Angola and Mozambique. She also coordinates the Green Anglicans movement, is secretary to the Anglican Communion Environmental Network and sits on the steering group for the Season of Creation.

Brazil celebrates the Season of Creation

Brazil celebrates the Season of Creation

The Season of Creation is an annual celebration of prayer and action to honour and protect God’s good creation. Each year, tens of thousands of Christians participate in a range of events throughout the season, from prayer services to rubbish clean-ups to advocacy actions.

Dave Bookless Interview Part 2

Dave is an Ordained Minister in the Church of England and Director of Theology for A Rocha International, a network of Christian organisations working in nature conservation across the world. A Rocha International have recently joined the Renew Our World community and played a key role in crafting the Wildlife Statement that calls for a rethink in our relationship with nature. 

Atewa Forest Campaign

Atewa Forest Campaign

Renew Our World has today called for more protection for the Atewa Forest in Ghana. The ancient forest is currently under pressure from Sinohydro requiring repayment of loans with mined bauxite. If the mining goes ahead then the drinking water of up to five million people living in downstream catchments in and near the capital Accra may be undrinkable. The mining will also lead to significant loss of biodiversity.

Dave Bookless Interview Part 1

Dave Bookless Interview Part 1

Dave is an Ordained Minister in the Church of England and Director of Theology for A Rocha International, a network of Christian organisations working in nature conservation across the world. A Rocha International have recently joined the Renew Our World community and played a key role in crafting the Wildlife Statement that calls for a rethink in our relationship with nature. 

Meet a US Conservative Evangelical Climate Advocate

Meet a US Conservative Evangelical Climate Advocate

Lindsay grew up in a small, rural town in northwest Iowa where she has lived most of her life.

“It’s very agricultural and largely conservative,” says Lindsay. “The church is the centre of the community; they say there are churches on every corner. We have several Christian schools, too. So Christianity is just kind of the thread of everyone's life there.”

Rubbish Campaign Update

In May 2019, we joined the Rubbish Campaign, calling on Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever to take responsibility for their plastic waste in poorer countries. We want to take a moment to say a massive thank you to everyone who has played their part so far, from signing petitions to reducing single-use plastic to praying and marching for systemic change. 

SOS: Greta Thunberg e Fridays for Future pedem por ajuda mundial à Manaus

POR FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE BRASIL

Olá novamente líderes mundiais. Ano passado, marchamos pelas ruas do mundo, alertando sobre a emergência climática. Escutamos promessas de um mundo melhor e de uma sociedade mais sustentável. Agora nós voltamos para falar com vocês. Manaus é a capital do estado brasileiro Amazonas, configura-se como Metrópole da Amazônia (junto com Belém do Pará) e é, certamente, o coração da maior floresta tropical do mundo. É uma área quase que remota, com pouca visibilidade nacional. O sistema de saúde de Manaus colapsou, e ainda sequer foi atingido o pico da curva da pandemia. A equipe da prefeitura de Manaus nos denunciou mais de 100 mortes por dia em decorrência do Covid-19, cujo resultado sequer é apurado devido às subnotificações. As autoridades públicas do coração da Amazônia emitiram um pedido de socorro ao mundo, que não pode ser ignorado: os países que já recuperaram seus sistemas de saúde nessa crise, tenham misericórdia, e evitem a morte em massa das pessoas da Amazônia. Manaus pede por respiradores, equipamentos médicos, pessoal qualificado, voluntários.

Giving food and hope

Giving food and hope

Across the world, we are also seeing the Renew Our World community step out in compassion for those who are suffering. 

Ramesh Babu, Executive Director of the Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR), and Reverend Martin Kapenda, National Coordinator of Micah Zambia, share how their organisations are responding to give hope amidst the crisis.