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. Stay tuned for a discussion guide for the videos coming soon!
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.
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.
Something's not right in Kenya. The rains have become unpredictable and are coming later and later, if at all. Farmers are playing a guessing game as to when to plant, and development experts are raising concerns about the ways in which changing weather patterns are threatening livelihoods. What exactly is happening, and what might it mean for Kenyans? Watch video »
Impoverished populations are some of the most vulnerable in the world. They subsist on marginal lands and have little capacity to invest, innovate, and adapt. If weather is changing in Kenya, how will it impact the poor of Kenya? Watch video »
Listening to difficult truths can be one of the hardest parts of a conversation. Kenyans have uncomfortable and deeply important words for their brothers and sisters in North America—words of encouragement and words of challenge; words of rebuke and of reconciliation. Will we listen? Watch video »
Kenyans are not sitting around waiting for the rest of the world to address the problems that they are facing. They are already coming up with incredibly creative solutions to help them adapt to the challenges facing their communities. If they aren't waiting around, what is keeping us from acting? Watch video »
Want to engage the Climate Conversation: Kenya videos more deeply? Download our discussion guide for bible studies, discussion questions, next steps and more. Use it with church groups, in an educational setting, or even with family and friends.
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.