30 November – 11 December 2015
The world leaders from 190 countries will meet at the UN Convention on Climate Change in Paris. This is a crucial moment. The current agreement expires in 2020. Moreover, after two previous failures, time is fast running out for containing global warming to 2oC. As human activity is by far the main contributor it is necessary for us collectively to do all that is possible radically to reduce CO2 emissions and other pollutants into the atmosphere.
In June leaders from a wide diversity of faith traditions joined the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in signing the Lambeth Declaration 2015 on Climate Change. This called on the religious communities to commit themselves to combating climate change and to work with the wider community to this end.
Pilgrimage2Paris, organised by the Church of England, Christian Aid, Tearfund and CAFOD, is one response to this challenge. The Pilgrimage will start on Sunday, 27 November, at a service at 9.45am in St Martin’s in the Fields, and will arrive in Paris on Friday 27 November in time to lobby the delegates before the summit meets.
Local events are being organised in support of the Pilgrimage. In Peterborough, the Cathedral and the Peterborough Eco-Faith Network have laid on a Prayer/Reflection trail in the Cathedral, available from Sunday 1 November to Sunday 13 December.
Opening Gathering: Sunday 1 November
3.30pm Cathedral Evensong
4.30pm Shared Prayer Walk (Gather at the West End)
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