Christians pray and march on climate change

3rd March 2015 - by Ellen Teague

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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.

The welcome and blessing at the service will be given by Fr Peter Hughes, head of the Columban JPIC team, which works on climate change. Longstanding peace activist Scott Albrecht of the Catholic Worker Farm in Hertfordshire will share his insights into what can be learnt from the Christian peace movement.

Scott says: “The powerful are only beginning to accept the reality of climate change and still doing too little too late. 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; for indeed it is. She has treated us with kindness for aeons: feeding us, clothing us and providing for our every need. We need to develop a relationship of mutuality, love and respect and nurse her back to health!”

After the service, the congregation will join other faith groups to march through London as a multi-faith block. People will assemble at 12.30 at Lincoln Inns Fields, setting off at 1pm for a march to Westminster. Speakers at Westminster include Caroline Lucas MP, John Suaven of Greenpeace UK, and a video message from activist and author Naomi Klein.

More details about the service:
http://operationnoah.org/news-events/time-act-climate-march-climate-service/

More details about the march:
http://www.timetoact2015.org/