COP26 Climate March

Thank you SO MUCH to the hundreds of people who joined Southwell’s COP26 ClimateMarch today. It is as important for us to meet and share concerns, ideas and actions as it is to highlight them to others.

What do we want? Climate Justice. When do we want it? Now

We kicked off the march with an excerpt from church leaders’ joint statement on #climatechange, so for those who couldn’t make it, or couldn’t hear it (it was a larger crowd than expected!):

We stand before a harsh justice: biodiversity loss, environmental degradation and climate change are the inevitable consequences of our actions since we have greedily consumed more of the earth’s resources than the planet can endure.

But we also face a profound injustice: the people bearing the most catastrophic consequences of these abuses are the poorest on the planet and have been the least responsible for causing them.

Joint message for protection of creation, 1st september 2021,
archbishop of canterbury, pope francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

We called as a group for climatejustice, no more blahblahblah. We need to cut our pollution as individuals and as a nation; and we need to protect those who are already exposed to devastating climate shocks.

The March was themed as listening to the leaves, reflecting Southwell’s Minster rare position as a rural cathedral, recognising that we are already seeing the impacts of climate change, and reminding ourselves of the need to listen to each other in the transition to end greenhouse gas emissions.

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