The WCC and climate change

Care for creation and justice are at the centre of WCC work on climate change. The Bible teaches the wholeness of creation and calls human beings to take care of the garden of Eden (Gen 2:15). The God of the Bible is a God of justice who protects, loves and cares for the most vulnerable among his creatures.

The present world development model is threatening the lives and livelihoods of many, especially among the world's poorest people, and destroying biodiversity. The ecumenical vision is to overcome this model based on over-consumption and greed.

Since the 1970s, the WCC has helped develop the concept of sustainable communities. Since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted in 1992, the WCC has been present at all UN climate change conferences.

Over the years, the WCC helped foster a movement for climate justice touching millions of people around the world, including thousands of congregations who rang their bells for fair and ambitious climate action in 2009 and are connected in prayer each year during Time for Creation.

It's time for climate justice

When creation is threatened, churches and Christians are called to speak out and act as an expression of their commitment to life, justice and love.

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One Church, One Climate, One Love

Brief report from the meeting of the WCC's Working Group on Care for Creation and Climate Justice in Kingston, Jamaica, 15-17 May 2011

Climate Justice and Human Rights

Presentation by Theodor Rathgeber at the Working Group meeting in Kingston.

Summary report

Conference on Protection and Reparations for "Climate Refugees", Chavannes-de-Bogis, 4-5 May 2010

Compendium of presentations

Presentations made at Conference on Protection and Reparations for "Climate Refugees", Chavannes-de-Bogis, 4-5 May 2010

Minute on COP15

Minute by WCC Executive Committee on UNFCCC Conference of Parties - COP 15 in Copenhagen

Statement on eco-justice and ecological debt

This statement was adopted by Central Committee during its 26 August to 2 September 2009 meeting in Geneva.

A sign of hope for the future for people of good will

Statement from the World Council of Churches (WCC) to the High-Level Ministerial Segment of the UN framework conference on climate change in Copenhagen 2009 (COP15/CMP5).

Related publications

Climate Change and the World Council of Churches

Background information (March 2011): This dossier summarizes the work the WCC has been doing in relationship to climate change and includes some of the recent documents of the WCC and Christian churches in relation to the topic.

Climate change

This booklet published in 2005 is a collection of contributions by WCC working group on climate change coordinator Dr David Hallman and other key texts developed by the group.