God has trusted us to care for His creation. At home and in tandem with governments, corporations, and world economies, the choices we make heal or harm this beautiful planet.
Genesis 2:15 reminds us that we are to care for creation. Elsewhere the Bible says we are to be stewards of all that God has given us. We don’t own the earth; we are called to take care of it for the Lord (Matt. 25:14-30).
Today, Bangladesh serves as a canary in the coal mine. Here, climate change impacts result in:
Floods/Flash Floods(Almost 80% of the total area of the country is prone to flooding)
Cyclones and Storm Surges(South and South-eastern Parts of the country were hit by tropical cyclones during the last few years)
Saltwater Intrusion(tidal influxes during flash floods bring saltwater inland, adversely affecting the fresh water available; nearly the entire coastline of the Bay of Bengal is affected by this issue)
Extreme Temperature and Drought (North and North-western regions of the country are suffering because of the extreme temperature problem
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. Together with OSJ we invite you to consider how you can help address the trajectory of climate change through advocacy.
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.
World Renew is committed to helping small farmers feed their families and earn extra income through sustainable agriculture practices that protect and nourish the land.
Farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are struggling to adapt to changing weather patterns and rainy seasons. Increased droughts and flooding are threatening food security and rural livelihoods.
World Renew seeks to address these challenges through programs that help farmers adapt to the changing climate.
Agroecology, including conservation agriculture, helps to create a road map for our field staff so that we are working WITH nature rather than against it. Protecting and nourishing the land means we can bless creation, in return for creation blessing us!
According to Roland Bunch, a leading expert on sustainable agriculture, World Renew has “increased food security, promoted Biblical principles of brotherhood and healthy ethnic relations, improved gender relations, [and] improved economic conditions… I would definitely put its work in the top quartile of NGO agricultural work around the world.”
In Honduras, rural households frequently experience food insecurity and continued threats of drought and hotter temperatures will have implications for crop production. Conservation Agriculture can help farmers adapt to these changing conditions.
The Climate Witness Project is a campaign of the Office of Social Justice and World Renew 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.
So far, more than 500 CRC members from 77 congregations in the U.S. and Canada have come together to learn, act, and advocate for a safer and more just world.