Christianity and climate change hand in hand at Glasgow’s COP26 conference

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Religious organisation ‘Christian Climate Action’ welcome people to join them as they strike, march and protest all over Glasgow in support of COP26.

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Together they are a community who take meaningful action, supporting each other in the climate breakdown. They are ‘inspired by Jesus Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit.’

However, a founding member of the organisation assures me that you do not have to be religious to get involved!

COP26 has been an important event that’s got everybody talking. When you hear conference, you don’t think of silence.That’s what’s different about CCA’s work.

They “thought it would be important to be in Glasgow as it’s a climate summit at such a pivotal time.”

A number of pilgrims and other members hosted the very first XR Faith Bridge earth vigil on Saturday the 30th October, (based at St Georges Tron, Church of Scotland).

This was a simple yet powerful gathering. Small groups engaged in silent prayer then continued to walk the perimeter of the blue zone. The vigil was also accessible online, therefore you were able to drop in at any time to join the wave of prayer and meditation.

WHAT HAPPENS AT AN EARTH VIGIL?

Earth vigils are an opportunity to sit and gather your thoughts. Spent sat in silence, however there may be guided prayers, meditation or even songs and chants. To join in, all you need is yourself and a love for the cause, the earth and in this case the climate.

Although they are known as the ‘Christian Armour of Extinction Rebellion’, this name should not scare anyone. Another member of the organisation told me “non-Christians want to get involved because it’s a beautiful way of doing community and tackling things together.” However, religion is a very big testimony to what they do.

“Non-Christians want to get involved because it’s a beautiful way of doing community and tackling things together.”

 

Strikes and protests can often get too much. Busy people, fighting for the same cause all in the one place can get chaotic. People need a way to to give their minds time to wind down and reflect during this monumental time and that is exactly what CCA has given them.

The earth vigil and masses have proven to be effective; they have made sure to keep true to their values and spread their word alongside the protest for climate change.

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