On a blustery, stormy morning, people young and old from all over Lancaster, Morecambe and beyond gathered to launch the ark from Operation Noah to highlight the Climate Justice campaign.
The severe weather prevented the launch at Morecambe Bay – it was a poignant reminder of our helplessness in the face of such fierce weather. But still, we gathered at the United Reformed Church in Morecambe to listen to Mark Dowd from Operation Noah as he spoke with conviction on our response as Christians to climate change.
Mr and Mrs Noah reminded us our responsibility to be stewards of the earth in a specially commissioned drama. Petitions were presented to local MP Geraldine Smith to express our universal concern for the effect of climate change on our world. And finally we prayed together in a prayerful service led by the Rev Mike Peatman, a local Anglican minister.
CAFOD Lancaster joined in the event to show our solidarity with those around the world who are feeling the effects of severe weather conditions now.
“Our witness here today demonstrates our conviction that we cannot watch this continuing climate chaos affecting the most vulnerable in the world without responding. We know what needs to be done to address the issue – the expertise and knowledge is there. We call on our world leaders in Copenhagen to hear our voices and to respond positively,” remarked Rosa Trelfa from CAFOD Lancaster.
As an ecumenical gathering, it was an appropriate prelude to The Wave to be held in London on December 5th, supported by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition – the week before the UN Summit in Copenhagen, when the most important climate change talks in history will take place.
For details of how to travel from Lancaster and Preston to The Wave in London on 5th December, click here.