Praying with our feet and voices for the UN climate talks in Paris

At the end of November, world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris. It’s a crucial moment, as negotiators from more than 190 nations will gather to discuss a new global agreement on climate change aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions from 2020 when current commitments run out.

The Church of England, Christian Aid, CAFOD and Tearfund have come together to organise a Pilgrimage2Paris ahead of the UN talks. The pilgrimage will start in London on 13th November and arrive in Paris on November 27. Inspired by their faith, pilgrims from across the UK will come together to call on world leaders to agree a fair, ambitious and binding climate change deal in Paris.

Revd Lesley Crawley, who is helping to organise the Diocese’s response to the climate talks said, “We have two great opportunities to pray for all involved in these crucial climate talks. On the evening of the 13th November, the pilgrims will be in our diocese, sleeping in the churches in Banstead before heading off for Crawley the following morning. Everyone is welcome to join them. You can simply cheer the pilgrims on, or walk with them some of the way – there will be stopping off points for coffee, lunch and tea. In addition, we are having a prayer vigil on November 28 at Guildford Cathedral from 4-5pm. This will be led by Bishop Andrew and will involve prayer stations throughout the cathedral. We will be joining our prayers with the prayers of thousands of others, of many faiths and across many nations.”

Anyone wishing to join the pilgrimage (for the Banstead–Crawley leg or more) can do so by signing up on the website http://www.pilgrimage2paris.org.uk. Please sign up even if you are walking only part of the route. To find out more know and to liaise about timings contact Lesley Crawley on 01252 820537 or revdlesley@gmail.com

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