Speak up: climate change

Climate change is the single biggest threat to the people and places we love, both here in the UK and overseas. But through persistence, courage and action, each of us can play our part in tackling climate change.

I heard a story recently about a lady called Cath who tried, for years, to get her church to switch to a renewable energy supplier. She made her request every time the church’s contract was up for renewal. It took several years before her persistence was rewarded, but her church has now joined the Big Church Switch and switched to renewable electricity.

Stories like these are great because despite varying receptions, despite feeling like you’re the only one asking for change, they show us that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

Be persistent. Be courageous. Be involved.

Now the General Election results are out, it’s tempting to think that our part is over, that these next months belong to our new government. But there are many things that we still need to do. We suggested, in the lead up to the election, that you ask your candidates what they intend to do to tackle climate change and to keep the 0.7% aid commitment. And now we ask that you hold our new government to account, and urge them to do even more to protect that places we love.

Be persistent. Be courageous. Be involved.

From the 1st to the 9th of July, the Speak Up Week of Action will be taking place. During this week people will be meeting their MPs across the country to make sure that climate change is one of the first things that their newly MPs hear about.

Have you signed up yet? You can check out what events are happening in your constituency here and find out more about the week of action here.

Take this opportunity, straight after #GeneralElection17 to talk to your MP about climate change.

  1. Ask them to change their electricity to a renewable source
  2. Tweet them a photo of your Big Church Switch certificate after switching your own home or church energy.
  3. Organise or join a local Speak Up event and ask your MP to champion what their constituents are doing to tackle climate change.

Be persistent. Be courageous. Be involved.

PS – if you want to switch your home or church to renewable energy, visit www.tearfund.org/switch to find out how and get a quote today.