New research shows growing concern among Christians about climate change and the ability of churches to play their part – Insights Magazine
The most comprehensive study to date of Australian Christians’ attitudes towards climate change has been published by Tearfund Australia. The report, released today, finds that more than 3 in 5 young Christians are very or extremely concerned about climate change, and two-thirds of young Christians are calling on the local church to lead the way in taking action to address it. face.
the They will inherit the Earth The report details the findings of a seven-part study conducted by leading research agency NCLS Research, examining the views of Gen Z Christians and Gen Z adults and church leaders in Australia on climate change and the role of the Church in taking action to address it.
The report also examines how climate change – and more broadly concern for creation – fits into their understanding of the gospel, the mission of the church, and the practice of their Christian faith.
Tearfund CEO Matthew Maury says now is the time to start a new conversation about climate change and what it means for the Church.
“Our hope for this report is that the insights we have uncovered will play a role in healing the geographic and generational divides that have emerged around this issue so that together as a church we can be a voice of hope and justice in our community and in the world,” he said.
The report found that 35% of senior church leaders say they rarely preach on environmental issues, with many citing the politicization of the issue as a key challenge, but 85% of leaders are willing to encourage their church community to take action. measures to combat climate change.
“There is a real appetite within churches to see change and we really hope this report can open up a hopeful new conversation about climate change and what it means for the church’s response,” he said. said Matthew Maury.
“Millennial and adult Gen Z Christians want to see the Church represent their views on climate change, particularly those who do not attend church regularly, suggesting this could be a contributing issue. to their disengagement from the Church,” he said.
The report found that 80% of Christians aged 18-40 are ready to take action to tackle climate change over the next 12 months, with most respondents acknowledging the link between inaction and the effect it could have on the world’s poor.
According to Tearfund Australia, climate change is one of the biggest threats facing global efforts to end extreme poverty.
“People living in poverty contribute the least to the problem of climate change, but are more vulnerable to its effects and have fewer resources with which to adapt. Recent reports estimate that climate change could push 132 million more people into poverty by 2030, so it is great to see such an appetite among Christians to see real change in this space,” said Matthew Maury.
For over 50 years, Tearfund has been committed to speaking out about global justice issues that perpetuate poverty and injustice.
“That is why we have been a strong advocate on the issue of climate change for many years, amplifying the voices of our global development partners and highlighting the threat it poses to decades of progress towards ending climate change. extreme poverty. We know that young Christians in Australia are increasingly concerned about the impact of climate change on their future, and they want to see action – including from the Church – and we are committed to helping fuel that conversation,” said Mathew Maury.
A complete copy of They will inherit the Earth report can be downloaded here.