Cardiff's children to lead campaign ahead of Copenhagen summit

By agency reporter
January 13, 2009

In December 2009, world leaders meet in Copenhagen in make or break UN climate talks which. Campaigners point out that human lives are at risk through drought, flooding and sea level rises while up to a quarter of all species face the risk of extinction through global warming if greenhouse gas emissions are not capped and reversed.

Gathering under the slogan: “Save Creation At Copenhagen”, the children will process on to “the Ark” wearing animal masks, costumes and bearing images of human communities who will be most at risk from climate change.

They will be accompanied by members of local Salvation Army brass bands and local choral singers.

National Eisteddford winner Gwenllian Evans, an operatic soloist from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama will also perform. Real farmyard animals will be provided by the Amelia Trust farm in Barry.

The event, an affirmation of praise for Creation, will feature music, and contributions both religious and secular in Welsh and English.

“Save Creation at Copenhagen” is being supported by a coalition of local faith, development and environmental groups, including Christian Aid, CAFOD, OXFAM, Tearfund, Micah Challenge, Evangelical Alliance Wales, CYTUN, WWF and Friends of the Earth.

It is being co-ordinated through Operation Noah, a faith-based organisation which campaigns exclusively on the climate change issue.

Operation Noah (ON) hopes that this celebratory event can light the touchpaper for similar displays throughout the UK by similar co-operation from the coalition’s members.

ON’s Campaign Strategist , Mark Dowd, said: “I am thrilled that Cardiff Bay is to host this eye-catching spectacle. Whether you are religious or not, Noah and the Ark is a story for our times. It is about acting with urgency, heeding warnings and putting justice first.”

“It is more than fitting that Cardiff’s young children are at the forefront of this event. The decisions taken this year at Copenhagen will determine whether the Earth , their home, will be a safe place or not in the decades ahead. We have an obligation to them, to worldwide humanity and to God’s marvellously complex and diverse creation to act now. We need nothing less than an industrial revolution for sustainability and we look to our leaders to act like Noah – to listen and to lead.”

The event will be filmed by a documentary cameraman for a short “promo” film which will be sent to churches and environmental groups internationally to encourage similar mobilisations of the public.

As a follow-up, it is hoped that schools and others, will be encouraged to make their own mini-Arks from recycled materials and send images of their work and letters about the 24th January event to government leaders.

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