December 3, 2009

Church leaders unite over climate change


by Benjamin Graham

Senior church leaders from across the spectrum of Christian denominations will join mass protests in London this weekend urging governments around the world to take action on climate change at the UN talks in Copenhagen.

Archbishop Rowan Williams, head of the Anglican Church, and Archbishop Vincent Nichols, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, will march at The Wave in London, calling for an “ambitions, fair and effective” climate deal.

They will be joined by Revd. David Gamble, chair of the Methodist Conference, Revd. Pat Took chair of the London Baptist Association, and Steve Clifford, general director of the Evangelical Alliance.

“The weekend’s events should send a clear message of urgency and hope to the Copenhagen Summit,” said Rowan Williams.

“This is a very important moment for us all in trying to keep everyone’s eyes open to the serious environmental challenges we face.

“The world’s leaders need to hear from the world’s people about their desire for a safe, sustainable environment in which God’s care for all he has made is honoured by us.

“This weekend’s events should send a clear message of urgency and hope to the Copenhagen Summit.”

Prior to The Wave march, the church leaders will take part in an ecumenical service at Westminster Central Hall, and are expected to be joined by around 3,000 Christians.

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