Christian Climate Action is a community of Christians supporting each other in following Jesus Christ in the face of imminent and catastrophic anthropogenic climate change, in acts of non-violent direct action. We are based in the UK.
Below are some words we came up with at our meeting in June 2016 to describe what we are trying to do. They are not set in stone, or ‘right’, simply an attempt to explain why we do what we do.
Purpose of CCA:
- To demonstrate urgency and scale of climate crisis
- To inspire Christians to act
- To use our actions to speak to and challenge the wider environmental movement to move towards non-violent direct action.
- To challenge all Christians to question their cooperation with the system in which we live – and to suggest to them that to be a Christian might mean non-compliance with ruling authorities.
- To demonstrate that we are not living under a real democracy, but a type of corporate fascism.
The sort of thing we think:
- We are called to be faithful, not successful.
- But we try to be as successful as possible – catastrophe may only be averted by a movement of mass civil disobedience.
- Our actions don’t have to be perfect. They are all ‘experiments with truth’ (Gandhi)
- We are ourselves part of the problem we are fighting. (‘We must contend against evil, even though we know that we are ourselves involved in the evil against which we contend.’ Reinhold Niebuhr). Our liturgies include a confession of this involvement. Our actions, and any prison/fine, can be seen as an act of penance or paying the price for the sin we are all part of.
- We must not mislead people by telling them that doing CCA actions will fix climate change. Our comfort must not come from lies, but from the love of God and the resurrection – therefore we have to embrace crucifixion.
- We always try to be non-violent. We like Turning the Tide’s non-violent characteristics listed at the bottom of this page.