Reverend Tim Costello AO, CEO World Vision Australia
With this book Claire Dawson and Mick Pope have set deep concern alongside shining hope, as they issue a timely call to action for Christians to get serious about climate change. This is urgent business, and I hope and pray that this work will ignite a righteous energy to care for creation.
Rev’d Dr Gordon Preece, Director of Ethos: EA Centre for Christianity & Society, Chair, Melbourne Anglican Diocese Social Responsibilities Committee
What a terrific title and book! In these days of climate despair, what a gift to have an accessible book that gives grounds for A Climate of Hope. Not “pollyanna-ish”, positive thinking but Bible-based, scientific, prayerful, practical, realistic, radical hope. These two deeply committed reflective practitioners and lay eco-theologians, a male meteorologist and female environmental accountant, complement each other seamlessly. Both are leaders in Australian evangelical environmental engagement through Ethos Environment and other organisations. This is a book that challenges but does not cripple; it enables principled, prayerful, practical action. The message is bold but balanced, hopeful but lamenting the likely loss of so much of God’s glorious creation. Don’t buy it if you don’t want to be challenged or changed.
Thea Ormerod – President, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change
It was a pleasure to read Claire Dawson and Mick Pope’s much-needed and well-researched book. With exceptional clarity, the authors elucidate their broader understanding of Scripture, the basic science of climate change, the politico-economic context in which the problem has arisen and the nature of Church responses to date. They patiently answer various hesitations Christians have expressed around these matters. Their tone is conversational, compassionate and positive, but their understanding of the issues is sophisticated. Claire and Mick end by challenging the reader with inspirational stories and practical suggestions for taking action. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone who is dubious or who has not yet become fully engaged with these issues. It is brilliant!
Steve Bradbury – Director Micah 6.8 Centre
A Climate of Hope is an urgently needed resource for Christians in Australia. With great expertise and care the authors explain the science of climate change and provide a very helpful theological framework in which to understand and respond to this immense ecological and moral crisis. Importantly, you don’t need to be a scientist or theologian to read this book, but you do need to be willing to respond to its call to faithful, biblically informed action.