Protest and prayer in London for the Durban climate talks

By staff writers
1 Dec 2011

Prayers for the success of the United Nations Climate Change negotiations in Durban will be said during choral evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 3 December, starting at 5.00 pm, following the end of the annual Climate Justice March in Central London.

Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor of St Paul’s, commented: “Reverence for God’s creation is not only something to sing about in church. It demands proper debate and action if we are to be good stewards of the riches with which God has entrusted us.”

Ruth Jarman of Christian Ecology Link added: “I am delighted that St Paul’s has confirmed today that the prayers will be said. It is vital for our children’s sake that we curb greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Climate Vigil takes place beside the Thames the midnight before (Friday 2 December) and the Climate March gathers at 1pm on Saturday, rallying outside Parliament at 2.30pm.

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. The Rev Steve Paynter, a member of the Operation Noah board, will lead the service.

Bishop David Atkinson, another member of the Board of Operation Noah, which is supporting the St. Mary-le-Bow service, commented: “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.”

In November 2011, the World Council of Churches General Secretary, the Rev 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 climate justice.”

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