COP26 ‘Day of Action’Published on 6th November, 2021
Andrew Edgar encourages us to join the COP26 ‘Day of Action’ (6th November):
‘ The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away, the haughty people of the earth languish. The earth also is defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and they who dwell in it are desolate; the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few people are left. ’
( Isaiah, chapter 24, verses 4 – 6. )
As I’m sure we are all aware, the COP26 intergovernmental talks on climate change are taking place in Glasgow between 30th October and 12th November. As individuals we can take small actions to help minimise climate change (such as supporting our Eco-Church initiatives). But major change requires governments to act, and this is what COP26 is all about.
The promises and pledges that governments make have to be turned into actions. Many Christian charities are therefore encouraging their supporters to do everything they can to ensure that COP26 makes a real difference. They are proposing that we go on pilgrimages and marches, write to our MPs and AMs, and, very importantly, pray for the meeting and the environment.
For example, Christian Aid is supporting the Young Christians Climate Network as its representatives make a pilgrimage to Glasgow carrying a model boat. The boat represents the hope that we will rise to the moment and set sail towards a more just future. We can support them by making and displaying our own paper boats, carrying our prayers.
CAFOD, like Christian Aid, has excellent prayers on its website.
Tearfund is encouraging its supporters to join the national ‘Day of Action’, on Saturday, 6th November. As part of this event there will be a March to the Senedd in Cardiff, setting off from the City Hall at 12 noon. Tearfund encourages supporters to make and carry placards, and their favoured slogan is ‘act justly, love mercy, walk humbly’ (Micah 6:8). I shall be there, although I’m still working on my placard!
If you have access to the internet, you can find resources, ideas, and prayers by typing the charities’ names into a search engine. As well as the charities mentioned above, look for A Rocha, and Christian Climate Action. If you do not have access to the internet, I’d be happy to print out and send you copies of the charities’ prayers and resources (including instructions for making paper boats). My home telephone number is 02920 521574.
I do hope to see some of you on the 6th November on the March to the Senedd.