Ring out for climate!
Join Green Christian member, Edward Gildea, in his campaign to call for action at COP27
There can be no doubt now about the urgency of the Climate Crisis and what our role as Christians should be to address it.
Our experience of 40°C temperatures this summer alerted us to the appalling reality of heatwaves and droughts in India and the Horn of Africa, while the floods in Pakistan were of a new, devastating order of magnitude. Humanity has embarked on a calamitous journey in abusing God’s creation.
This year COP27 takes place in Egypt, in a region of the world that is already paying a high price for climate change. Despite the tragedy of Ukraine and the devastating impact of rising gas prices, the conference really must deliver solutions to the crisis.
Let our magnificent bells ring out their warning once again!
Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell has said:
“Nearly a year has passed since world leaders met at COP26 and I’m not sure many changes have yet been made to combat the climate emergency. As we look to COP27 I would like to offer my support to the idea of ringing out church bells and for congregations, communities and families to come together and express their hopes and fears for our environment and our future.”
Bishop Graham of Norwich, the lead bishop for the environment has also demonstrated his support:
“I am happy to endorse a second nationwide ‘Ring out for Climate!’ on the eve of the COP27 as a reminder of the necessity to commit to and build on the promises made at Glasgow last year. As I heard first-hand from many other bishops at this summer’s Lambeth Conference the impact of climate change is being daily experienced, especially in the world’s economically poorest and most vulnerable countries who are not the nations that have caused this emergency. We must work together to safeguard our wonderful single island planet home and care for all God’s creation.”
Let us use our magnificent bells once again as the focal point of community engagement. Many churches last year came together, holding vigil as the bells rang with their prayers, songs, poems, candles and banners. ‘Ring out for Climate!’ enabled families and communities to express their hopes, fears and concerns about our environmental crises.
COP27 starts on Monday 7 November, so I am suggesting that we ring out on Saturday 5 November. Perhaps at 5pm so that families can go on to their firework celebrations afterwards! But all such arrangements can be made locally.
Invite your local councillors and MPs! Get on social media! Inform your local radio station, take photos and issue a press release! The world needs to sense the urgency felt by those of all faiths and none!
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