At The Climate Coalition’s ‘Speak Up’ event on 17th June, A Rocha UK is playing a key role in ecumenical services at St Margaret’s Church, Parliament Square, and Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street. And supporters are being urged to join what could be the single biggest climate lobby in history.
Churches and Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio and Conservation Director Andy Lester will be part of the team leading worship and prayer – as thousands gather in central London for the mass lobby. Main speaker at the services will be Bishop of Salisbury Rt Rev Nick Holtam, with contributions from Ruth Valerio, Irish singer-songwriter Andy Flannagan, and staff and partners from other agencies.
Along with Salvation Army, Tearfund, Lutherans, Methodists, CAFOD and Christian Aid, Andy Lester is on the ecumenical sub-group of the Climate Coalition. He is also an adviser to the inter-faith climate network. Taking place from 12-5.30pm, the ‘Speak Up’ event will be a chance for people to tell the new government they care about the affects of climate change – and that they want to protect all they hold dear. A special guide is available here.
‘We’d love to see A Rocha UK supporters raise their voices to see stronger action against climate change,’ said Policy Officer Stephen Drury. ‘We look forward to seeing you there. Look out for the blue-and-white banner!’ By attending the march, supporters will have the opportunity to meet others who care about the impact of climate change – and to hear speakers and artists share their concerns.
‘The aim is to gather people of faith to show our solidarity for the planet and the poor,’ said Andy Lester. ‘Only by working together can we make a difference – and persuade our new government that climate change is a real and present danger.’ For more information and to share your plans for the day, email Stephen Drury. Further details can also be found on the Climate Coalition’s website. (Pictured is a scene from the previous climate march. Photo: Climate Coalition)