On Saturday 12 November, Wild Christian joined with others in London and Swansea to march for the COP27 Global Day of Action.
In London, a number of Wild Christian community members and A Rocha UK supporters gathered with the faith bloc at St John’s Waterloo for a time of interfaith prayer, before joining the main march and rally. The day had a great atmosphere with faith organisations well represented, including Faith for the Climate, CAFOD, Tearfund, Christian Aid and more, coming together in solidarity to call for action on the climate and justice for those suffering from the most extreme impacts of climate breakdown.
In Swansea, individuals and local groups gathered in Castle Square for several rousing speakers before collectively and noisily marching through some of the city’s busy shopping streets with placards, banners and drums!
Wild Christian community member, Elizabeth Hopkirk who participated in the march said: “I have only marched 3 or 4 times in my life, but I wanted to be at the climate march to help keep the pressure up during the COP27 talks and beyond. It feels important to show our leaders that there is public support for the measures we need to get the country to net-zero by 2050 in order to limit global temperature rises.
The march was fun – there was quite a carnival atmosphere because we were marching near some amazing drummers who kept the energy high and there were tourists waving at us from buses as we crossed Waterloo Bridge and headed towards Trafalgar Square for the main rally
For me it was important to be marching with other Christians – partly because I want the world to see that Christians care about this issue and about our brothers and sisters in the most vulnerable parts of the world. Being able to pray together at the start was fundamental: I can’t really imagine how we’re going to get ourselves out of this mess without God’s grace – and that’s also what gives me hope in the face of the huge challenges.
It felt good to join my voice with thousands of others’ and it was encouraging to see how many other people care. Together we can make a difference – whether it’s joining forces across the world to lobby politicians or as neighbours volunteering on a community project to improve biodiversity. Talking of biodiversity, I love the fact that so many of the best solutions to our problems seem to involve cooperating with nature. Isn’t God wonderful!”
A Rocha UK’s Finance and Resources Director, Carolyn Munday said: “I really enjoyed joining this year’s Global Day of Action. This was an event that I attended last year, before joining A Rocha UK, since I wanted to ‘do something’ to support a cause that is close to my heart. And I was delighted to be part of ‘our gang’ this time around. There was a good atmosphere, with musical accompaniment of various kinds, and it was great to be part of a friendly faith block joining representatives and supporters of many other organisations. An uplifting and encouraging event to be part of.”
We hope that you were able to participate in the Global Day of Action and join your local rally too!