Community is central to our life and our faith, and it’s how we want to do climate justice too. We promote collective rather than individual action, and we rely on the gifts and insights that everyone brings. This network is not a substitute for local church, but we want to unite young Christians in fellowship and common obedience as we respond to the climate crisis.
Community is where we grow.
The scale of climate change is daunting, and we need one another to sustain our engagement. As a community, we want to encourage, teach, learn, and build one another up. Together we deepen our understanding of the crisis, and together we learn how to face it.
We love local groups.
We recognise the great worth of the existing communities we are part of, whether this is local church, 20s-30s groups, or political and activist spheres. We celebrate these communities and seek to support, encourage, inform, and enable them to become more active for climate justice.
The climate crisis is a reflection, and a cause, of deep injustice in the world.
This crisis arises from our abuse of God’s creation, and our broken relationship with our neighbours worldwide who suffer most from its consequences. We are convinced of the Biblical mandate to care for creation, and lament its exploitation. We believe in God’s imperative call for justice on the earth, and repent of our callousness.
Change is needed urgently, and this will take commitment.
Constraining this crisis requires significant change in the immediate future. This leads us to actions which are focused on making a difference. We do not define this success narrowly, but we care about being faithful with the time that we have. We recognise that acting may be costly.
As we act, God meets us with hope.
We trust in a God who is good, and who is powerful, even in the worst of circumstances. With God, there is always possibility for change. We also acknowledge our agency: that God’s possibility is often made real through us. So we do not wait to feel hope before acting, but expect hope to grow as we act.
Loving Like Jesus
We are motivated by love for people and creation.
Our commitment to climate justice stems not from fear or guilt, but from our love for God, for our neighbours, and for creation.
Love informs all of our interactions.
We are unafraid to challenge the attitudes of ourselves and others, but do so remembering the value of everyone we meet. We follow Christ’s servant heart, and engage positively in creative, outward-focused love.
We’re kind to ourselves, too.
We accept and welcome the fact that we all have different capacities at different times. We help one another to find healthy, sustainable ways to engage, so that we can stay committed in the long term and do not burn out. This crisis is urgent, but we will need endurance to see change.
This affects everyone, and everyone is needed.
Our community welcomes, and needs, young Christians from all parts of the church: from across the UK; from all ethnic, class and gender identities; and from all denominations and creeds.
The network belongs to all of us.
An effective and just voice on the climate requires the wisdom from all our experiences. We don’t want to be dominated by a narrow group, but look for ways to be shaped and led by people across the spectrum of our community.
Our community should be accessible.
We want young Christians to feel welcomed and celebrated, no matter their current level of engagement with issues of climate justice. It is not a hierarchy of age, ability, experience or knowledge. Rather, we seek to continually learn from each other, meeting each other in humility and generosity.
Change comes from God, not from ourselves.
We take a high view of human agency and responsibility. But we recognise that ultimately God is the mover and shaker of the earth. We act because we know that God is powerful, and we seek to engage in his power by prayer and acts of faith.
We work for God, not for ourselves.
This network, and anything it may or may not achieve, is for God’s glory. We hold this in mind as we put our skills, time and creativity to the task ahead of us, reminding ourselves that the outcomes are in God’s hands.
We draw our strength from God, not from ourselves.
We are convinced that creation care is an act of obedience to God, and that only he can equip us for such a task. We remain rooted in prayer, drawing strength from our Creator; we proceed in humility, acknowledging our own limits; and we act in faith that God will supply our needs and use our labours for his glory.