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The Theology of Climate Change 5. Resources

The final talk of the series was a summing up and an open discussion in response to the theology.

The following list of resources is by no means exhaustive, but represents some of the key organisations and writers that have been quoted in the talks. Many of the websites contain free, downloadable, material.

Websites on the science

The Royal Society WRI emissions trading schemes worldwide.

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme: http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/ets/markets_en

Websites on the politics b. UK

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs

The Committee on Climate Change: https://www.theccc.org.uk/

Websites on the politics c. Campaigning organisations

Climate Coalition http://www.theclimatecoalition.org

A coalition of over 100 environmental and development NGOs dedicated to action on climate change.

350.org https://350.org

An international campaign building a movement around solutions to the climate crisis. They focus on 'creative activism', especially simultaneous international events.

Campaign against Climate Change http://www.campaigncc.org

UK-based campaign pushing for the urgent and resolute action needed to prevent the catastrophic destabilisation of global climate.

Transition Network http://www.transition.com

A Transition Initiative is a community that is collectively looking at ways to address climate change through living sustainably.

The New Economics Foundation http://neweconomics.org

A UK think-and-do tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice.

Websites on the theology

Operation Noah http://www.operationnoah.org

An educational charity to provide church leadership and resources in response to climate change. The website contains specialised resources on theology and climate change, including Bible Studies, meditations, worship material, theological papers and links to other resources. For example:

http://operationnoah.org/resources/theology-climate-change-reading/

http://operationnoah.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Climate-and-Gospel-David-Atkinson-30-01-2015.pdf

http://operationnoah.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Theology-Visions-of-the-end-pdf.pdf

http://operationnoah.org/resources/operation-noah-annual-lecture-2011-tim-gorringe/

Christian Aid
http://www.christianaid.org.uk

Well researched commentaries on many of the critical issues that climate change posits for international development and theological reflections. For example:

http://www.christianaid.org.uk/images/song-of-the-prophets-a-global-theology-of-climate-change-november-2014.pdf

John Ray Initiative
Shrinking the Footprint.

https://www.churchofengland.org/about-us/our-buildings/shrinking-the-footprint.aspx

Global Catholic Climate Movement

www.catholicclimatemovement.global

A global network of Roman Catholic organisations with links to additional resources.

Books on theology and climate change

Michael S. Northcott, "A Moral Climate: the ethics of global warming", Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd, 2007 — Examines theological attitudes to climate change, from the complacent to the apocalyptic, and the ethical implications for all Christians.

Michael S. Northcott, "A Political Theology of Climate Change", SPCK Publishing, 2014 — The failure of political institutions to mitigate climate change requires a new political theology based on the common good and fair access to natural resources.

Richard Bauckham, "Bible and Ecology — rediscovering the community of creation" Darton, Longman and Todd, 2010 — Discusses the relationship of humans to the rest of creation and argues that there is much more to the Bible's understanding of this relationship than the mandate of human dominion given in Genesis 1.

Edward Echlin, "Climate and Christ: a prophetic alternative" Columba Press, 2010 — Describes what climate change is and how it happens, and suggests ways in which ordinary people can help to mitigate it. It also makes suggestions for our own 'prophetic alternative' lifestyles inspired by Christ.

Sallie McFague, "A new climate for theology: God, the world, and global warming", Fortress Press, 2008 — Explores the root of climate change in the economic and religious models we use, and the need for an alternative relational identity to the planet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjK4d8ci1e0

Alistair McIntosh, "Hell and High Water: climate change, hope and the human condition", Birlinn, 2008 -
Politics is not enough to tackle the scale and depth of climate change: at root is our addictive consumer mentality. We must face up to despair and discover the spiritual meaning of our troubled times. Eds, "Systematic Theology and Climate Change: ecumenical perspectives", Routledge, 2014 — a look at how our understanding of God affects our response to the science and politics.

"Hope in God's Future — Christian Discipleship in the Context of Climate Change" — Report and Study Guide from the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church. including theologians, religious leaders, scientists and activists on our individual and collective moral responsibility to our planet.

Practical steps to reduce our carbon footprint

George Marshall, "Carbon Detox: your step-by-step guide to getting real about climate change", Gaia Books Ltd, 2007 — How to carbon audit your life and start reducing your impact; how to overcome psychological blocks such as scepticism, fear and feelings of insignificance.

Mike Berners-Lee, "How bad are bananas? The carbon footprint of everything", Profile Books, 2010 — The information needed to pick the right battles when trying to reduce your carbon footprint.

Chris Goodall, "How to live a Low-Carbon Life: the individual's guide to stopping climate change", Routledge, 2007 — A reference guide to calculating your CO2 emissions and reducing them to a sustainable level.

George Monbiot, "Heat: how we can stop the planet burning", Penguin, 2007 — Argues for an immediate and decisive response to climate change — a 90% cut in carbon emissions in the rich nations of the world by 2030 — and shows how it is possible.

Centre for Alternative Technology, "Zero Carbon Britain: rethinking the future", 2013 — Shows that the UK can meet the challenge of climate change and act responsibility as a long-industrialised nation to set the pace.

Available to download or buy online at http://www.zcb2030.org/current-report.

Lester R Brown, "Plan B 3.0: mobilizing to save civilization", W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 — 'Plan A', business as usual, will not address climate change; the only effective response is a WW2-type mobilisation. Downloadable at http://www.earth-policy.org/Books/PB3/.

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