If you are looking for ways to discuss climate change in small groups or adult education, we recommend the resources listed below. If you need help implementing any of these resources or if you are looking for a speaker or panelist, let us know and we would be happy to send one of our staff or help you find a local speaker.
Millions of people every year are displaced due to weather hazards like storms, extreme heat, and floods. In Bangladesh, changing weather patterns and rainy seasons, droughts, and flooding are threatening food security and the livelihoods of farmers. This new series of five videos from World Renew and the Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice (OSJ) puts the spotlight on Bangladesh, where World Renew is promoting floating gardens, alternative means of livelihoods like ducks, and addressing health issues. We invite you to consider how you can help address the trajectory of climate change through advocacy.
The series of five videos would work well for an adult education class, small group gathering, or even your own personal use.
The Bangladesh Bible Study Series is a three-week Bible study designed to help Christians engage faithfully with the issue of climate change in church groups, youth groups, community organizations, and more. It not only explores our biblical mandate to be stewards of creation but also convicts us of our Christian calling to be advocates for people who are poor and vulnerable. Download the Bible study as a PDF here.
"Ten Ways to Care for Creation" includes ideas such as starting an intergenerational gardening project, holding a storytelling series, and much more!
We invite you to download this resource and share it with your church, or order printed copies for a small fee at FaithAliveResources.org.
Prayer bulletin insert for churches to use during worship about the beauty of creation and the ways it declares the glory of God, for the brokenness of the earth brought about by sin, for faithful leadership on climate, and for our participating in God's ongoing work of renewal. Order the prayer bulletins from Faith Alive Resources here.
For millions of subsistence farmers in Kenya, climate change is not a political debate. It is a reality in which adaptation can mean the difference between life and death. The Climate Conversation: Kenya video series is a chance to move past the white noise and to get up close and personal with the issues of climate change and environmental stewardship. It is a chance to meet people, not statistics; to hear stories, not arguments. It is an invitation to a conversation. Learn more at Climate-Conversation.org.
Download the Climate Conversation: Kenya promotional cards for free here!
There is consensus of public opinion that the world is warming, but many are still unsure of what it is exactly that is the cause. This interactive resource from Bloomberg explores the most popular explanations for the observed warming: orbital shift, sunspots, volcanos, deforestation, ozone pollution, aerosol pollution, and greenhouse gas pollution. The evidence it offers is compelling: greenhouse gasses are the clear cause of the observed warming over the last 130 years. The only question left: what are we going to do about it?
An evangelical climate scientist at Texas Tech University, Katharine Hayhoe is a trusted and faithful voice on climate change. In this presentation, she acknowledges the temptation to ignore the reality of climate change, but then she asks the critical question: “But what if climate change is real?” Clear-eyed about the challenges of climate change, yet resolutely hopeful, this presentation is a great conversation starter for anyone looking to deepen their knowledge and engagement.
Tom Ackerman from the University of Washington delievers this engageing lecture as part of Calvin's CALL courses. Ackerman discusses scenarios of climate heating. - How will climate change over the next 30-50 years due to increasing greenhouse gas concentrations and what will be the consequences of those changes? Are there ways to mitigate emissions? Is climate engineering a viable strategy? Watch the lecture now.
Dr. Henry Brouwer answers the question, "Can you help me to understand climate change? This six part lecture series will help you start to understand the science behind climate change. This lecture series is designed to walk with congregations as they learn about the realities of climate change, as they seek to be better stewards of the resources they have been given, and as they find their voice to speak to their public officials about common sense climate policy that will benefit the earth, people around the world who are poor and vulnerable, and future generations. Watch the video series here.