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Christian Ecology Link (CEL)


Abstract Christian Ecology Link (CEL) is a multi-denominational Christian organization in the United Kingdom (UK) dedicated to making connections between Christianity and ecology through publications, campaigns, programs, and events. CEL works with churches to raise awareness about ecological concerns and to encourage members to take responsibility for their impacts on God’s creation. Through the ChurchLink program, CEL provides churches with regular free information and resource materials. CEL’s LOAF Food Campaign, which stands for Locally produced, Organically grown, Animal friendly, and Fairly traded, promotes sustainable agriculture and just food systems by distributing LOAF placemats and posters to congregations. CEL’s new Operation Noah project aims to mobilize local communities to address climate change. Participants in the campaign (individuals, churches, and community organizations) will be invited to sign the “Noah Declaration,” which calls on world leaders to forge a new global treaty to curb climate change before the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol in 2012 and encourages signatories to help reduce greenhouse emissions and fossil fuel consumption in their own lives and communities. To facilitate outreach, CEL has local contact groups and liases with national denominational organizations. In addition to its programs, CEL keeps members informed and connected through its News Bulletin, website, and Green Christians magazine, which is published three times per year.
Religion Christianity
Geographic Location United Kingdom
Duration of Project 1981–Present
History

Founded in 1981, Christian Ecology Link (CEL) is Britain’s longest established Church-based environmental organization. Over the past twenty years it has played a key role in making Christians more aware of the need to take care of God’s creation. In recent years its activities have included a Millennium Certificate Challenge, awarding certificates to churches and church groups that perform ten environmentally-friendly activities, and a Christian Faith and the Environment Hymn Competition to promote creative expression of care for the environment. It has actively contributed to key topical debates, notably debates about Genetically-Modified crops. Its annual conferences have been addressed by prominent Christian thinkers and have attracted increasingly large audiences.

Mission Statement

Christian Ecology Link campaigns for a greener church and a greener world. It aims:

  1. To offer insights into ecology and the environment to Christian people and churches

  2. To offer Christian insights to the Green movement.
Partner Organizations

Although it does not have any formal partnerships, Christian Ecology Link collaborates with other organizations and initiatives in Britain with which it shares interests, including:

A Rocha
The John Ray Initiative
Eco-Congregation.

It is also active within
The European Christian Environmental Network

Long-Term Goals None Listed
Bibliography None Listed
Additional Research Resources None Listed
Contact Information Christian Ecology Link
3 Bond Street
Lancaster, LA1 3ER, UK
Ph:       00.44.1524.33858
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