A group from the Christian Climate Action (CCA) protest group today began a four-day walking pilgrimage from Newquay to Carbis Bay, ahead of the G7 summit this weekend. They aim to draw attention to the need for more urgent action by developed countries on climate change. The CCA, an interfaith organization made up of lay people and members of the clergy, welcomes anyone of any denomination to join them in their walk.
Pilgrims especially invite people to join them on the last stretch of Phillack Church in St Unys in Lelant. The meeting point is Phillack Church at 11:30 am on Friday. They will also hold a Sunday morning Eucharistic service near Carbis Bay, where prayers will be said for the Earth and for the rulers of the world.
Walkers will pray that politicians are inspired to take action rather than words and broken promises. This is to reflect the theme of “Drowning in the Promises” which is used by Extinction Rebellion protesters during the G7.
Stephen Jarvis, one of the pilgrims, said: “The UK is very good at claiming to be the world leader in tackling climate change while tinkering around the edges, but not implementing any of the serious actions. necessary to protect our fragile Earth. “
Reverend Helen Burnett said: “Unlike a traditional pilgrimage, our progress will be interrupted, not because we come to a holy place, but by a police cordon; however, our walk will be marked by prayers for the world. Our goal is to focus our hearts. and minds on the deep injustices of the world. The climate and economic injustice that we see all around us is the result of the policies of the richest represented this weekend by the G7. Decisions made by the minority affect the majority, whose votes will not be represented in Carbis Bay. As members of this silenced majority, we will walk in witness to the need to imagine a better world, a world imagined by Jesus Christ whose greatest commandment was “to love your neighbor as yourself.”
Christian Climate Action is a community of Christians who support each other to take meaningful action in the face of impending and catastrophic anthropogenic climate degradation. We are inspired by Jesus Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit. Like social justice movements of the past, we perform acts of public witness, nonviolent direct action, and civil disobedience to urge those in power to make the necessary changes. Since November 2018, we have been working closely with Extinction Rebellion and are known as Christians in XR. www.christianclimateaction.org.
More information on the pilgrimage: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_-2Xe0OPG8tpglP1hdYP-nX7Ajo3O8PJ/view
Blogs on the pilgrimage will be published on: www.christianclimateaction.org
Keywords: Climate change, Environment, Cornwall, G7, Christian Climate Action, Rev. Helen burnett
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