The Hope for Creation PowerPoint presentation (Keynote for Mac users is also available)

Microsoft-PowerPoint-02-128  Presentation 1: 1_hfc_presentation (.pptx 18MB) represents our core presentation that may be suitable for most churches as a general introduction to Hope for Creation and Christian concern about climate change.

It consists of 11 slides, should take 20 minutes to go through, and tells the following “story”:

1) Christians are people who care for creation and the vulnerable poor.
2) We know that human activities are contributing to global warming and climate change.
3) Climate change is harming creation and increasing risk and difficulty for communities around the world.
4) We have powerful and positive opportunities to protect creation and care for the vulnerable poor.

The other presentations consist of additional slides that give further information, background, links or visuals to give more depth to the elements of the basic presentation.

They are not stand-alone presentations, but slides may be selected and added or swapped with slides from the main presentation depending on your church/group’s needs or interests.

Most slides include presenter notes with further information and links to support the visual or text on the slide.

Microsoft-PowerPoint-02-128Presentation 2 “Church”: 2_hfc_church (.pptx 39MB) features quotes, prayers and reflections from the Bible and from Christian thinkers and writers throughout church history. The main “story” it tells is that God calls his people to have concern for Creation and that Christians through history have responded to that call.

Microsoft-PowerPoint-02-128Presentation 3 “Science”: 3_hfc_science (.pptx 7MB) features more information about current climate science and its history. Key questions it answers are, “How do we know the climate is changing?” and “How do we know humans are the cause?”

Microsoft-PowerPoint-02-128Presentation 4 “Impacts: 4_hfc_impacts  (.pptx 31MB) features information and stories about the physical, social and personal impacts of climate change that are observed and projected if emissions are not drastically and urgently reduced.

Microsoft-PowerPoint-02-128Presentation 5 “Challenges”: 5_hfc_challenges (.pptx 25MB) highlights some reasons why responding to climate change is difficult – including the significance of fossil fuel use in our economy and our everyday lives, the power of fossil fuel industries, political and social divisions.

Microsoft-PowerPoint-02-128Presentation 6 “Responses”: 6_hfc_responses (.pptx 46MB) highlights ways that Christians can be, and are being, a positive influence in helping to change the conversation on climate change, reduce emissions, and challenge business and political leaders to take more ambitious action.

In customising your own presentation, please consider the following important principles

1) Remember that people are less impressed by complex graphs or intricate text slides, and connect more to presentations that have:

  • a clear narrative
  • emotional engagement
  • compelling visuals

2) Be clear about the “story” you wish to tell. Our default presentation has 4 elements (Christian concern, basic science, impacts, responses) but your group might need more or less emphasis on any of these elements. For example, a group that has extensively studied eco-theology might not need much Biblical reminder. Or you might leave aside most of the science and challenges slides as opening up too many avenues for distraction or disagreement.

3) Choose the slides (and only those slides) that most compellingly tell the “story” you think your group most needs to hear.

4) Consider your audience. Don’t turn your worship service into a science lesson. Don’t turn your workshop on climate science & solutions into a sermon.

5) Your presentation should be no more than 10–12 slides maximum (which, allowing roughly 2 minutes of talk per slide, amounts to a 20–25 minute talk). You should only exceed this amount if you are giving a workshop or more extended presentation, and you should still choose your story carefully, as well as prioritise which element/s you intend to give the most attention to.

6) Ensure that positive slides around Christian identity and ways to respond represent a significant portion of your presentation. There is nothing worse than hearing about threatening, global problems and risks for 20 minutes, and then having 1 minute of rushed reference to “we should all do something.” The movement is called for Hope for Creation, so make sure people have the chance to feel a (realistic) sense of hope about what we can and must do in the face of the climate challenge.