CHRISTIAN ECOLOGY LINK PRESS RELEASE 25 NOV 2011
FAITH COMMUNITIES MARK CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS WITH PUBLIC PRAYER
Prayers for a safe climate will be said to prepare the faith
communities for the annual national Climate Justice March on Saturday
3rd December 2011 in Central London.
A Climate Refugee Vigil will be held on the Thames foreshore near the
Millennium Bridge between 11.30 pm on Friday 2nd December 2011
and 1.00 am on Saturday 3rd December 2011, to which all faith
community members are welcome.
Christian Ecology Link is holding a time of prayer and meditation at
11.30 am on Saturday 3rd December 2011 at St Mary-le-Bow church in
Cheapside, London EC2V 6AU to pray for the success of the United
Nations climate conference in Durban, South Africa, which is happening
during the two weeks either side of that weekend. All are welcome.
At 12.00 midday on Saturday 3rd December 2011, the faith communities
will leave the church to join the Climate Justice March and Rally
organised by the Campaign against Climate Change. The march will start
from the north end of Blackfriars Bridge at around 1.00 pm. People are
asked to march in support of the tens of thousands mobilising in South
Africa, demanding climate justice at the Durban climate talks.
The London march will culminate at 2.30 pm with a Climate Justice
Rally outside Parliament. Attendees will physically form a photo
opportunity by splitting into two groups to represent the 7 percent
global privileged versus the 50 percent suffering climate injustice,
and demand urgent action to achieve a Zero Carbon Britain by 2030.
Bishop David Atkinson, member of the Board of Operation Noah which is
supporting the St. Mary-le-Bow service, said, "Care for God's creation
is a crucial dimension of Christian discipleship and a central part of
Christian mission. Responding to the threat of climate change by
reducing our dependence on fossil fuels is a Christian responsibility
and one which we share with all people, especially on behalf of the
poorest parts of the world, future generations and the wellbeing of
all creatures. Our prayers are for all those involved in the United
Nations talks in Durban, that they may be given wisdom and courage to
act with justice for the good of all people and all God's creation."
This week the World Council of Churches general secretary, Revd Dr
Olav Fykse Tveit, called the United Nations UNFCCC COP 17 meeting a
"last opportunity for the international community to be responsible in
addressing climate change", and called on the meeting to "act now for
For further details on the role of the faith communities in these
events, contact Ruth Jarman, Climate Change campaigner for Christian
Ecology Link by email : email@example.com or by telephone : 01252
849904 or 07970 907784
Notes for the Editor
1. South Africa is host of the next round of talks under the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will be held in
Durban from 28th November - 9th December 2011. The timing is critical,
as the only legally binding international agreement to limit emissions
that we currently have – the Kyoto Protocol – is due to end in 2012.
2. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in a
recent publication has reported that the risk from extreme weather
events due to climate change is likely to increase.
3. The International Energy Agency has announced that it will not be
possible to stop global temperatures rising 2 degrees C above
pre-industrial levels without a rapid decision to reverse the growth
of the current fossil fuel infrastructure.
4. Christian Ecology Link believes we are responsible for our impact
on God’s creation. The organisation helps members to understand and
relate these responsibilities to their faith. Members can then
encourage others in their local church to think seriously about these
issues. CEL was formed in 1981, and formally constituted in 1982 and
supports Christians from all backgrounds and traditions.
5. Operation Noah is a Christian charity providing leadership, focus
and inspiration in response to the growing threat of catastrophic
climate change. http://www.operationnoah.org
6. Founded in or around 1080 as the London headquarters of the
archbishops of Canterbury, the medieval church of St Mary-le-Bow
survived three devastating collapses before being completely destroyed
in the Great Fire of 1666. Rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren, it was
destroyed once more in 1941 but was again rebuilt and re-consecrated
in 1964. http://www.stmarylebow.co.uk
7. The Climate Justice March, Vigil and Rally are being organised by
the Campaign against Climate Change http://www.campaigncc.org and
supported by Artists Project Earth http://www.apeuk.org/.
8. The focus of this year’s national Climate Justice March is the
7:50 percent injustice divide - where 7 percent of the world's
population produce 50 percent of the world's emissions and 7 percent
of the world's emissions are produced by 50 percent of the world's
9. Zero Carbon Britain is a plan from the Centre for Alternative
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