This month our short film and worship resources are from Zambia. The focuson drought and flooding in Zambia due to climate change.
In the short film we learn about the impacts of climate change in creating uncertain rainfall patterns, we also learn about the importance of global cooperation for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Furthermore, welisten to the experiences of farmers and fishermen who are struggling to produce food due to droughts.
This month’s short film looks at how different people from three provinces in Zambia, those being Southern, Luapula and Eastern provinces, have been affected by climate change.
The footage from the Southern province highlights how drought has affected local farmers, which has led to human-animal conflict when it comes to drinking of water – as they both use the same water sources, that are slowly drying up.
Stories from the Luapula province highlight how farmers have failed to producea bumper harvest for their crops due to the uncertain rainfall patterns that the province has been experiencing. These stories also highlight how some fish farmers have lost business, as the water levels in the rivers have been going low at a fast pace, which is making it difficult for the fishermen to fish.
And finally, the contributions from the Eastern province highlight how some parts of the province can be cut off as the bridges get washed away due to floods and a lot of crops get damaged.
The theme for this month is “Oceans Justice” and the chosen scripture is 1 Corinthians 9 vs 17. “If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me”. This scripturein the Zambian context
draws our attention to taking deliberate actions without expecting any favours or rewards for doing what is good, be it to the cause of God, the cause of humanity or the cause of creation.
To read more on this month’s resources, please check out https://worldmethodistcouncil.org/cj4a/. The CJ4A team hopes that, in sharing this month’s resources, which include both worship materials and a short film from Zambia, we will inspire our global Methodist family;
1. To call on their ambassadors to the COP to make climate justice possible for everyone.
2. To learn about the commitments they can make to be part of change.
3. To listen to stories from their global family and be part of the bigger picture.