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PRAY Campaign - Churches for Conservation

P.R.A.Y is a new initiative of Churches for Conservation (part of the Five Leaf Eco-Awards), designed to encourage Christian action to protect endangered species in Western Australia such as Black Cockatoos, Numbats and Bilbies by 'praying'. The acronym encourages action for these species in five areas: praying for the species, planting food or habitat trees, responding to specific threats to the species, advocating for the species and its habitat and yelling - speaking to others about the species and teaching them about the threats they face and what they can do to help. Individuals who complete the suggested actions in each category will be presented with an "I PRAY" badge, indicating the species for which they have acted. Churches will also be presented with a Churches for Conservation certificate if over 50% of their congregation earns a badge (for any species).

The P.R.A.Y. campaign will also make a range of theological and scientific resources on the importance of protecting endangered species and preserving biodiversity available to churches.

Our vision is to raise awareness in the Western Australian Church of the Biblical imperative to protect God's creatures and conserve all endangered species. and empower the Church to translate this concern into action.

Our goal for the campaign, which will run between March and the end of November 2012, is "To promote biodiversity conservation action in Western Australian churches by empowering Christian individuals to act through provision of information, action ideas and incentives."

To earn an "I PRAY for Black Cockatoos" badge, we ask that people complete the actions in the following checklist:

I P.R.A.Y. for Black Cockatoos Checklist:
Completed  (Please circle)

I have planted a food or habitat tree for Black Cockatoos in my backyard
I have donated money to a charity for a tree to be planted.


I have committed to driving slower when Black Cockatoos are around

I will not buy native timber products unless they were logged sustainably or the timber is reused


I have written to my local politicians or signed a petition to advocate for the protection of remaining Black Cockatoo habitats, prevention of logging in these areas, creation of better laws to protect cockatoos and their habitat and food trees and for the revision of Western Australia’s forest burning policies to better protect wildlife.


I have spoken to my friends, family, church and community groups  about the plight of our Black Cockatoos

When you have answered yes to each section above please email fiveleafecoawards (at) to order your badge. 

For more information please contact Jessica Morthorpe at fiveleafecoawards (at)

Important Lessons from the Bible

Why Jesus came:
"that the world might be saved through him"
John 3:17

Who Jesus is going to use to save the world:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Romans 8:19

Our role on earth:
"The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it."
Genesis 2:15

The Five Pillars of A Christian Theology of Sustainability

1. God is the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation.

2. Covenantal Stewardship (we have a covenant with God as stewards of the earth).

3. The creation-fall-redemption paradigm (God made a good world; human failure broke the relationships between god, man and creation; Christ provides hope for all creation).

4.Bodily resurrection(we will rise with bodies, not as spirits)

5.New Creation (a new Heaven and new Earth refers to a renewal and an earthing of heaven, not starting over).

Adapted from When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Edited by R.J. Berry, Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 2007, Nottingham p43+