Renew Our World
Our generation has a choice that no other generation will get – if we choose to care for our neighbour and for creation, everyone, everywhere will have the chance to live well. But if we don’t, we’ll push more people into poverty, and our world into disrepair. Renew Our World is a global movement of Christians who believe that since we are image bearers of God, we should act like it- living out love for one another in actions and in truth. Through our daily lives, in our prayers, and in speaking out to people in power, we are advocating to renew the way the world works so that nobody is oppressed by poverty. We want to renew creation so it can continue to provide for us all, and we want to renew the hope of each person that they too can have enough.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Climate Adaptation for Agriculture
Although many in North America debate the reality of a changing climate in the countries we work in there is no denial. Rains are unpredictable or non-existent, crops are dying, people are hungry.
In Ethiopia, rains would come March until May and June until September every year. They would be gentle and consistent, providing just a right amount of moisture needed for a healthy harvest. Today this sense of predictability is lost. No longer do the rains come on cue. Sometimes they are late, often they don’t come at all. When they do come, it often pours – washing away top soil and flooding the land.
Today, 70% of our projects help farmers adapt to a changing climate. Through conservation agriculture training, we help farmers diversify their crops and learn new growing techniques that help them improve their yields and reduce soil erosion. Although it won’t ultimately solve the problem globally, these techniques go the distance in providing these families with food they need now.
From puddles to raging rivers.
When travelling to Ethiopia, we came across this land peculiar land formation. “What is this?” we asked. “It is the ground falling from under our feet,” explained Bereket, Executive Director of TDA – out church partner in in Ethiopia. “Ten years ago this land was completely flat and was being used for farming. But over utilization and tilling of the land made the soil weak and sandy. The rains too have become more irregular. What has been gentle, consistent rains is now irregular torrents. All of this has caused massive erosion and resulted in a 20 foot deep gorge.”
The following are a series of good resources on
- Creation Care
- A Christian response to a changing climate
- Climate Change and the Poor
- Theological reflections on care for our environment