ADVERTISING
 
Friday, February 23   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Is the sexual exploitation of women an issue in your city?




SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Paris
 

Evangelicals will reflect on climate change in crucial COP21 conference

Almost 200 nations will gather in France to discuss climate change next week. Christian creation care NGO A Rocha will be in Paris and organises the conference “A Christian response to climate change.”

SOURCES COP21, A Rocha AUTHOR Belén Díaz, Evangelical Focus PARIS 24 NOVEMBER 2015 10:12 h GMT+1
iceberg Iceberg drifting off the village of Kulusuk in Greenland. / Reuters

France will chair and host the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), propeled by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Key decisions will be taken from 30 November to 11 December 2015.



Forty thousand participants are expected, making it one of the largest climate conferences ever organised.



The conference is crucial because the world’s governments need to agree to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep global warming below 2°C.



It is also a chance for developed countries to take responsibility for their impact on the environment and ensure developing countries aren’t bearing an unfair burden when it comes to the effects of climate change, as well as providing these countries with the support they need to reduce their emissions.





ONE YEAR OF NEGOTIATIONS



During the first session of negotiations, from 8 to 13 February in Geneva (Switzerland), the delegates agreed on an 86-page text that would serve as a basis for the following four sessions.



The last session was held from 19 to 23 October in Bonn (Germany), where the UNFCCC is based. The 1,300 delegates completed the text that will be discussed at COP21.



The UNFCCC studied the impact of 146 national contributions. As things stand, the global GHG emission pathway based on the published contributions would mean that by 2030 we would be heading for a rise of around 3°C.



 



COP21 conference.



 



CHRISTIANS WILL BE PRESENT AT COP21



At COP21, Christian association A Rocha will bring a Christian voice to the climate discussions – and take the climate change agenda to the church.



“We will be working with partners, including Tearfund and the Lausanne Movement, to advocate for and engage COP attendees and campaigners in climate-based creation care, they say in their web.



They will participate with a panel discussion/conversation called “A Climate for Change: Conservation and Faith” on Friday 4 December.



This panel will be opened to both the general public and officially accredited persons, following the aim of COP21 of providing “a huge space for debates, knowledge-sharing, discussions and conviviality.”



Conference speakers will include atmospheric scientist Dr Katharine Hayhoe and the Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance, Bishop Efraim Tendero.



 



Drought, one of the consequences of climate change / Getty images.



 



Besides the panel, A Rocha will also partner the Lausanne Creation Care Network to produce a day-long conference on Saturday, 5 December at St Michael’s Church



The conference will have two parts.




  • The morning and afternoon conference will be from 9:15 until 18:00. there will be a range of speakers from the academic and theological worlds who will cover various aspects of a Christian response to climate change issues.

  • The evening conference from 19:30 to 22:00 will include the same two speakers of the COP21´s panel: Dr Katharine Hayhoe, Director of the Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University`; and Bishop Efraim Tendero Secretary General, World Evangelical Alliance.



“ACCEPTING REALITY OF CLIMATE CHANGE, A THREAT TO OUR GREEDY LIFESTYLES”



Climate change and other environment issues have always been important for European evangelicals, and the participation of A Rocha and its partners in COP21 is one more evidence.



 



David Bookless.

One of the speakers of the Conference will be David Bookless , Director of Theology for A Rocha International. In an interview with Evangelical Focus, he talked about the challenges Christians face to protect God's creation.



“Accepting what the scientists are saying about climate change and understanding that other species have value to God, is a threat to our greedy lifestyles”, Bookless said.



At the Conference, he will give a talk and conduct a workshop about “Bible and climate”.



Miguel Wickham, geographer and teacher in Spain, will also attend the conference. He emphasised the importance of a having a clear Christian worldview in all areas of existence, nature included. “The challenge of the disciples of Jesus in Europe today is to take seriously Christ’s words, commands and view of the world. Are we prepared to stand up and be counted?”, he wrote in an opinon blog article.


 


POLL
Climate change
A Biblical theology leads to...
Fight climate change and ask our governments to take action.
64%
Prioritise other issues in society.
36%
This Poll is closed.
Number of votes: 39
SEE MORE POLLS
 
 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Evangelicals will reflect on climate change in crucial COP21 conference
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation

Pastor Gary Wilkerson talks about what all evangelical Christians can learn from the Protestant Reformation and underlines the need for more churches with both a sound doctrine and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

 
Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe

Is the arrival of thousands of Muslims to Europe a threat to Christianity? What is the growth of evangelical churches in Eastern and Southern Europe? An interview with theologian and Lausanne Movement representative Lindsay Brown.

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission

“We want to see the youth not just being equipped, but also being multipliers”, Evi Rodemann director of Mission-Net. The European Congress took place in Germany from December 28 to January 2.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Coexistence in the church - a model for society Coexistence in the church - a model for society

“Gospel, identity and coexistence” were the themes of the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. Two days in Palma de Mallorca to reflect about the role of evangelical churches in society.

 
'Ungi kulimi changana' 'Ungi kulimi changana'

Educator and journalist Jordi Torrents shares images of the Sekeleka social centre in Mozambique. About 50 children live there, many with some kind of disability. All photos were taken with permission.

 
The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve

For the first time, the President of Portugal attended a worship service in an evangelical church. It was in Sintra, on Christmas Eve.

 
Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest

About 70 people from European countries met at the Younger Leaders Gen gathering in Hungary (19-22 October) to discuss the challenges of the church in the continent and build partnerships. Photos: Evi Rodemann and Jari Sippola.

 
I am not on sale I am not on sale

Young Christians gathered at Madrid’s central square Sol to denounce human trafficking. A flashmob highlighted the work of three evangelical NGOs which support women who escape sexual slavery in Spain.

 
Stamps to commemorate the Reformation Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

Poland, Lithuania, Namibia and Brazil are some of the countries that have issued special stamps on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

 
VIDEO Video
 
A marriage story A marriage story

The  great love story for everyone.

 
Be safe on social media Be safe on social media

A video about the way traffickers target teenage girls online, produced by anti-slavery gorup Abolishion.

 
In Mission In Mission

A 360º lyric video about how all followers of Jesus Christ are called to serve God. Duo in Spanish (Alex Sampedro) and Portuguese (Marcos Martins).

 
Heart Heart

A short animation film by Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset tells the message of the Bible in four minutes.

 
Creation Care and the Gospel, in France Creation Care and the Gospel, in France

The conference drew about 90 delegates from across Europe. Scientists, theologians, activists reflected together on the theme “God’s Word and God’s World”.

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.