Creation & Climate Justice

We care for God’s beautiful creation, addressing climate change and ensuring the environment and generations to come flourish.

God made a world that was good, very good. A place of belonging and safety for all. An interwoven ecosystem that is beautifully regulated, balanced and protected.

Unfortunately, humans have disrupted the Earth’s system and have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas. The consequences of climate change now include, among others, intense droughts, water scarcity, severe fires, rising sea levels, flooding, ocean acidification, melting polar ice, catastrophic storms, and declining biodiversity (United Nations). 

We believe it is our responsibility to help find a more sustainable trajectory for our world. We believe faith communities play a key role in mobilising the response to climate change within the wider community. 

At Common Grace, we know real change happens when a movement of people come together and speak up in truth, with compassion and through relationships. 

As a movement led by the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian Leaders, we listen to traditional custodians who implore that we care for Country. In Australia, we acknowledge that we are on Aboriginal land that has never been ceded; this Aboriginal land has always been loved and cared for, wanted and protected - both by Creator God and the appointed traditional custodians. 

We lament that the rightful stewardship of these lands was taken from Aboriginal peoples, while they were subjected to dispossession, disease, death and trauma. These are injustices that reverberate into the present day. We dream of an Australia where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are rightfully honoured and respected as the traditional custodians of these lands and as continual caretakers and stewards. 

Let us pursue climate justice together, partnering with our Creator to restore and rebuild our common home. May we love our neighbour and prioritise communities who are already experiencing the effects of climate change, as we work to ensure that generations to come and all of creation can flourish.