Chapter 9

Chapter 9- Uniting together with the Global South

This chapter looks at the situation of the Global South looking at poverty and climate change on Africa and Asia. It considers globalization, debt, and the anti-debt campaigns. It also looks at economic, development and environmental approaches. In terms of solutions it considers holistic development, appropriate technology, modernisation, and contraction and convergence. To provide a biblical response, the themes of Sabbath and Jubilee are considered looking at the Old Testament teaching and how this was applied by Jesus.
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In this chapter we mentioned that the Christian development agencies were now very much involved in issues concerned with climate change. On 5th February 2008 this involvement reached the national press in the UK when Tearfund launched their carbon fast for Lent. See Lent fast to cut carbon emissions.

Web Links to Resources used in this Chapter

System of Rice Intensification at the Asian Rural Institute, JapanAll Nations Christian College:

Help Mara and be Carbon Neutral (Wakefield Diocese, UK):

Jubilee Debt Campaign website:

The Report of the Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, can be downloaded at:

Church Mission Society (CMS):

Asian Rural Institute:

System of Rice Intensification (SRI):

Contraction and Convergence: