The Methodist Consultative Council of the Pacific (MCCP) meets every two years and spent four days sharing the joys and concerns of their mission in the ‘liquid continent’. The main theme was climate change and the meeting issued this call to the rest of the Methodist family.
Will you do your part?
- Methodist peoples in the Pacific are responding with courage and creativity to the devastating effects of Climate Change.
- The Methodist and Uniting Churches in the Pacific met together in May 2013 to share their experiences of Climate Change and its impact on the people of their nations.
- Stories shared included the relocation of a whole village in Fiji and the relocation of people on island atolls or in low-lying coastal communities. People were deeply moved by these stories.
- For Pacific people who are at the front line of vulnerability, relocation both internally and externally will increasingly become necessary as the effects of climate changes intensify.
- Even where relocation is not required, climate change is altering weather patterns causing droughts and floods and hindering the ability to grow traditional crops and live sustainably.
- Pacific Methodists urge the world-wide Methodist family and their congregations to urgently take whatever steps they can to mitigate the causes of Climate Change and to encourage the people of their nations to do the same.
The creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:21).
Read a newsletter from a British Methodist Mission Partner about a village in Fiji that is having to move here.
Look at statements and resources on climate change from Australia here.