St Albans Churches – Making change happen on climate
Dear Christian friends who are concerned about climate change,
It was great to meet together a couple of months ago. I wonder how we might work together and perhaps motivate others in our churches to take action? This summer with forest fires in Siberia and weather extremes in the UK too, along with some very salutary news reports from the scientists, we have come to understand the urgency more than ever. I am sure we have all seen David Attenborough on the subject – this is a useful summary.
When we are on our own, it is difficult to see what we can do, and to keep the motivation going. There is a lot going on which we can support, however! And maybe we could support one another more in this prophetic task to care for God’s creation and the poorest of the poor?
First off there is the Global Strike for climate on Friday 20th September
The school strike movement started by Greta Thunberg has been very active, including here in St Albans. They are asking for everyone to walk out with them on September 20th, the focus being on joining the protest in London. For those who don’t feel they can go into London, I really like the idea of people walking out of their homes/workplaces/churches in support, even if only for an hour! With suitable banners etc it would show solidarity, and give us an opportunity to communicate the urgency locally. Do you think we could make this happen?
I know many of us struggle with XR, but the fact is they are on to something which is more likely to bring about necessary change in our government’s actions than any amount of more pleasant campaigning. As Christians, we have the greatest role model in taking unpopular action. Still, I was also at a low ebb with XR, not really understanding the focus on people being arrested, when I listened to this talk by one of the founders. It has gone a long way to reigniting my passion and answering my questions. It is 90 minutes long, but if you have a chance, please have a listen and tell me what you think.
Alternatively, XR St Albans are hosting an introductory talk on Saturday 7th Sept. The women speaking are normal good people!
Did you know there is a Christian wing of XR called Christian Climate Action? They have their own part in the forthcoming October rebellion (see below), and plan to occupy a bridge of prayer. Would this make it more accessible for church folk to get involved? Should we form a St Albans branch?
XR is building up for a big action in London for 2 weeks from 7th October https://www.facebook.com/events/350862888939201/
They need as many people to be involved as possible – ordinary people like us. It is entirely possible and valuable to be part of this without any likelihood of arrest. Nevertheless, in order to prepare, there is training in Non-Violent-Direct-Action (NVDA) on Wednesday 18th September.
Please be in touch if you would like to talk about any of these actions and maybe work together.
Love and rage in Christ our Saviour
St Luke’s, St Albans