Church leaders call for action on climate change

Church leaders including the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams and the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols are to lead an ecumenical service on 5 December to urge political leaders meeting in Copenhagen to ‘Act now on climate change'.

At least 3,000 Christians are expected to attend, carrying an array of colourful banners and dressed in blue. They will be travelling from their parishes around the country in special trains and coaches.

After the service some church leaders and the congregation will join tens of thousands of people marching to form a blue wave around the Houses of Parliament.

Churches on the march will be a key part of the growing movement for action on climate change. It is expected to be the UK’s biggest ever demonstration in support of action on climate change, ahead of the crucial UN climate talks in Copenhagen.

Some church leaders and heads of Christian agencies will be at the head of the main
Stop Climate Chaos march, setting off from Grosvenor Square to Westminster around 1pm.

The keynote address at the service will be given by Dr Rowan Williams. The churches are calling on the UK Government to take a leading role in securing a fair, ambitious and binding climate deal in Copenhagen.

Christian campaigners say tackling Climate change is urgent because it is already having a devastating impact on the world's poorest people, even though they are least responsible, and that humanity is charged by God with protecting and preservingod's creation, which is being threatened by climate change.

Church leaders urge that the UK must commit to stringent reductions in carbon emissions and provide money for adaptation and clean development to help poor communities in their response to climate change.

Prayers will be led by Archbishop Nichols and joined by visiting partners from the Global South. Steve Clifford, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance, will MC the service.

The event is being organised by A Rocha, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Christian Concern for One World, Christian Ecology Link, Columban JPIC, MRDF, Operation Noah, Progressio, SPEAK and Tearfund.


Church leaders including the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams and the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols are to lead an ecumenical service on 5 December to urge political leaders meeting in Copenhagen to ‘Act now on climate change'.

At least 3,000 Christians are expected to attend, carrying an array of colourful banners and dressed in blue. They will be travelling from their parishes around the country in special trains and coaches.

After the service some church leaders and the congregation will join tens of thousands of people marching to form a blue wave around the Houses of Parliament.

Churches on the march will be a key part of the growing movement for action on climate change. It is expected to be the UK’s biggest ever demonstration in support of action on climate change, ahead of the crucial UN climate talks in Copenhagen.

Some church leaders and heads of Christian agencies will be at the head of the main
Stop Climate Chaos march, setting off from Grosvenor Square to Westminster around 1pm.

The keynote address at the service will be given by Dr Rowan Williams. The churches are calling on the UK Government to take a leading role in securing a fair, ambitious and binding climate deal in Copenhagen.

Christian campaigners say tackling Climate change is urgent because it is already having a devastating impact on the world's poorest people, even though they are least responsible, and that humanity is charged by God with protecting and preservingod's creation, which is being threatened by climate change.

Church leaders urge that the UK must commit to stringent reductions in carbon emissions and provide money for adaptation and clean development to help poor communities in their response to climate change.

Prayers will be led by Archbishop Nichols and joined by visiting partners from the Global South. Steve Clifford, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance, will MC the service.

Time of service : 11am - noon
Location: Westminster Central Hall, SW1H 9NH

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