Prayer protest planned in response to climate change report

Thu 08 Aug 2019
By Heather Preston

Christian Climate Action (CCA), together with Extinction Rebellion are planning two weeks of climate protests, following the release of a new global report.

The two week protest planned for 7th October, will involve a 'faith bridge' - where 24/7 prayer would be taking place together with non-violent direct action in central London.

Information released on Thursday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - the world body for assessing the state of climate change, highlighted the potential dangers of the climate crisis to human life, if more was not done to stem its effects.

The study claims that 70-percent of the world's ice-free land is affected by human activity.

While our food system alone creates a third of greenhouse gas emissions, the IPCC has warned that we need to improve the way forests are managed and food is grown to reduce pressure on land and resources.

CCA, the Christian wing of Extinction Rebellion is calling for immediate action to protect future generations.

CCA member Holly-Anna Petersen said: "Every report which comes out from the IPCC paints an increasingly bleak picture of the state of the world around us.

"Young people are pleading for us to act, because it is their futures which are at stake.

"A justice issue is already happening across our very dinner tables. Every minute that we do not take action, is a minute that we put our own desires above the needs of children."

The United Nations' latest study follows a warning last year, that "unprecedented" action must be taken to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050.


Ms Peterson believes it is our Christian duty to steward and protect God's creation.

She said: "This climate emergency is something which Christians are well equipped to grapple with.

"We have the Holy Spirit, who comforts us as we cry for all that we are losing. A Christ who shows us the meaning of sacrificial love. And a God who sustains us to take action and who reminds us that in these desperate times, we are called to be faithful, not successful.

"Faith groups are set to play a vital role in the October Rebellion, it is going to be a space where prayer is interwoven with action."

CCA says the time for signing petitions has gone and we now need to make drastic and immediate changes.

CCA member, Fr Martin Newell said: "We need to take action which is proportionate to the problem we face. The human race can do this, we have overcome extremely adverse situations in the past.

"However, change isn't an inevitability. Change happens because of sacrifice and struggle, because of ordinary, everyday people like you and me choosing to get involved in non-violent direct action.

"Jesus showed us the power of sacrificial love and that's something that we need to enact now."


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