Christians pray and march together to urge UK leaders to act on climate change
The Christian environment charity, Operation Noah, will be hosting an ecumenical climate service before the ‘Time to Act’ national climate march this Saturday, 7 March, at St Mary le Strand Church, starting at 11.30am.
As party leaders make pledges to tackle climate change ahead of the election in May, civil society – including the Christian community – is marching to demand action not words. They will be joined at the climate service by longstanding peace activist Scott Albrecht of the Catholic Worker Farm, who will share his insights into what we can learn from the Christian peace movement.
“The powerful are only beginning to accept the reality of climate change and still doing too little too late,” said Mr Albrecht. “We have a responsibility, given to humanity by the Creator, and that is to tend to the Earth like one would to one’s own Mother.”
Last September, the Time to Act Climate March saw over 40,000 people take to the streets of London, as well as 400,000 people in New York, to demand action on climate change. In the run-up to the 2015 General Election, organisers are urging people to once more send a powerful message to world leaders ahead of the Paris Climate Summit in December 2015.
Westley Ingram, one of the organisers of the ecumenical service, added, “The Church says it is the community devoted to changing its ways. What does it mean for the Christian community to act faithfully as we watch the devastation of God’s beloved creation? Since ‘Peace on Earth’ must be our call for this election season, perhaps we can learn something from the example of the Christian peace movement.”
After the service, the congregation will join other faith groups to march through London as a multi-faith block. For more details about the service, visit the Operation Noah website.
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