Climate change, faith and rural communities

Climate change, faith and rural communities, Martin J Hodson & Margot R Hodson, Agriculture and Theology Project, 2011.

Climate change and peak oil are major issues for this century with significant impacts on the future of the countryside. This booklet considers the expected impacts of climate change on UK rural communities in the UK and the contribution that these communities make to climate change.

The paper has at its heart a reflection on the cosmic nature of Christ (Colossians 1.15-20). The authors propose an ethical model based on Colossians 1 as a faith-based framework for responding to climate change within a UK rural context. They show how engaged faith can have a major role in helping rural communities both mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The authors recommend re-localisation of rural communities and call for the church to support community regeneration.

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