Church activists respond to Paris talks

1 April 2016, Comments Comments Off on Church activists respond to Paris talks

Christians are responding to the Paris Agreement that brought together nearly 200 countries in the first-ever legally binding global climate deal.

Church activists will converge on Coventry Central Hall on 15th April to plan how their communities should put the Paris talks into action. And A Rocha UK supporters can join them by booking here.


A Rocha UK is a partner behind this 2016 Ecumenical World Development Conference, ‘Hope In A Changing Climate’. Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio (pictured) will be one of the speakers at the two-day event.

Ruth will give an introduction to A Rocha UK’s environmental award scheme Eco Church. She will also lead a workshop on her new book ‘Just Living – Faith And Community In An Age Of Consumerism’.

At the Paris conference in December 2015, 195 countries agreed to limit global warming to well below 2°C. That agreement is due to enter into force in 2020. The Ecumenical World Development Conference believes it’s vital the Church continues to play a role in the response.

Delegates will explore how churches can work for a vision of a restored creation. Other speakers include – leading climate scientist Myles Allen, theologians Michael Northcott and Rosalind Selby, and church leaders Jo Herbert and Bishop Graham Usher. Andy Flannagan is leading worship.


‘The Paris summit was a great moment,’ said Dr Ruth Valerio, ‘but we have to keep up the momentum among churches. This conference is a key way for us to do that.

‘A Rocha UK is fully behind the climate action in which churches have been involved – and we want to support that and help Christians do more. We’d love as many of our supporters as possible to be there. There are some great speakers and it looks set to be a really good and useful conference.’ For more information, visit here (Photo by Clive Price).

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