Climate Justice in Morecambe

Geraldine Smith MP (far right) with Mark Dowd of Operation Noah (far left) together with CAFOD lancaster supporters

Geraldine Smith MP (far left) with Mark Dowd of Operation Noah (far right) together with CAFOD Lancaster supporters

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

Mr and Mrs Noah

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. 

Campaign messages in front of the ark

Campaign messages in front of the ark

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.

Geraldine Smith MP in conversation with Patrick, Mark and Rosa

Geraldine Smith MP in conversation with Patrick, Mark and Rosa

One thought on “Climate Justice in Morecambe

  1. It was a chilling thought on Saturday. The very place where the gales were so strong that we couldn’t launch the ark was the location in which all those Chinese cockle pickers met their fate – a salutary reminder that the forces of nature are bigger than us and that we threaten to tip the balance at our peril. This really is the issue of our times.

    All the more heartening, then, to see so many come along in the rousing gales and bear witness . These events have an impact, I am sure, way above the immediate numbers. The radio and press coverage, the word of mouth accounts spread by all those gathered – all this helps to keep this issue where it need to be: at the forefront of our minds and hearts. So, as a Lancastrian myself (well, a Mancunian!) well done I say to the people of Morecambe and Lancaster. Spread the word!!

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