Show The Love 2017
Last year hundreds of thousands of people across the UK showed their love for the people, places and life they want to protect from climate change. This year it’s going to be even bigger! Let's get creative about climate change!
Ways your corps can Show the Love
Let’s all play a part in raising awareness, starting conversations and reaching out to our local communities; for sake of the people, places and life we want to protect from climate change! Here are 5 simple ideas for how your corps or groups could use the creative show the love resources this February:
1. Corps Meetings
In February you could run a meeting/Messy Church with a focus on stewardship. Why not explore Genesis 1-2 in groups and respond by creating green hearts that show a commitment to doing one thing to stand against climate change for the things you love.
2. Schools Links
Why not pass on the school resources to a local school or even volunteer to run a green hearts activity with a school you have a link with.
3. Kids Groups
At your kids club children could make the edible green hearts (see toolkit). You could follow up by challenging the children to share their edible heart with someone and tell that person about the thing they love most, how it is affected by climate change and one thing they are planning to do about it.
4. Midweek groups
Why not sew or knit green hearts (see toolkit) at a midweek group or meeting? Whilst people are making them you could leave out information from the toolkit about places that are being affected by climate change. They could go on to discuss the things they love as they create green hearts. As a response groups could look at Psalm 19:1-3 and Psalm 24:1-2 and discuss how as Christians they should respond to climate change.
5. Youth Groups
Visit a place you love with your youth group, ministry team/corps. Share why you love it, the memories you’ve made there and your concerns for the future. You could take a picture of the special place using the frame in the toolkit and share it across social media to show everyone just how important it is that we don’t lose it to climate change. When sharing about events or green heart messages on social media don’t forget to use the hashtag #showthelove
Resources to Download
Here are all the wonderful Green Heart Events happening this Feb for Show The Love! You can also find out where to pick up your Green Heart stickers. Just double click on the title to find out where the event is
Climate March 2015
On the weekend of 28 & 29 November, the world came together to take a stand! Over half a million people marched together on the eve of the global climate talks in Paris to tell world leaders that now’s the time for climate action. In both London and Edinburgh, Salvationists took to the streets to march for what they love and show world leaders that they want to see a strong climate deal!
More than 50,000 people gathered for the London march, making it the largest climate demonstration the UK has ever seen! One of 2,500 climate action events taking place globally, it was second in size only to Australia where more 60,000 are reported to have gathered. Find out what happened in London and get a flavour of the incredible day by reading The Climate Coalition's round-up.
Climate March 2014
On Sunday 21 September 2014, Salvationists took to the streets of London to march alongside over 40,000 people and demand bold action on climate change. Click here to read the full story.
About The Climate Coalition
The Salvation Army is part of The Climate Coalition, the largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the environment and the world’s poorest communities. With our sister organisations Stop Climate Chaos Cymru and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, our combined supporter base embraces more than 11 million people spanning over 100 organisations across the UK, from environment and development charities to unions, faith, community and women's groups. Click here for more information.