St Edmundsbury Cathedral bells to ring out for Climate Change...
St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, is joining in the nationwide call for all churches to ring their bells on the eve of the United Nations Climate Conference in Glasgow. The Ring Out For Climate Change campaign is being led by Edward Gildea, a Christian Aid climate campaign organiser from Essex who is asking churches to ring their bells at 6.00 pm for thirty minutes on Saturday October 30 as a warning of the climate emergency and to mark the start of the conference.
The Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the Very Reverend Joe Hawes said: “The climate emergency is real, and of great concern, but Christians believe that in God, there is hope. We will ring the cathedral’s bells to call us to action, as world leaders meet at the COP26 summit. We hope that it will encourage us all to act more intentionally to tread lightly on God's creation and play our part in giving a future to this planet."
The UN Climate Conference, COP26, will see 196 world leaders and an expected 20,000 delegates meet in Glasgow and work together to commit to a reduction in emissions to avoid a climate emergency.
It comes just months after the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change described global warming as a "code red for humanity".
The bell ringing campaign has already been endorsed by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher, the Church of England’s lead bishop on the environment, who will join the delegation in Glasgow.
He said: “Church bells have traditionally been rung through the centuries to raise the alarm for local communities. The recent “code red” report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an alarm call for us all.
“I am happy to endorse a nationwide “ring out for climate change” on the eve of the COP26 as a symbol of warning, but also of hope, that this conference will lead to action for us all, like Jesus, to tread more gently on our single island planet home and care more for those already adversely affected by climate change, especially in the economically poorest places on earth,” he added.
St Edmundsbury Cathedral is one of England’s Cathedrals to have achieved a Bronze Eco Church Award from the Christian nature conservation charity, A Rocha UK. Eco St Eds, the Cathedral’s environmental group, is working apace to ensure the Cathedral community is doing all it can to care for God’s earth in different areas of life and work. The Cathedral is committed to achieving net carbon zero in the next ten years. Weekly eco tips are shared with the staff and congregation encouraging awareness and participation in measures to lower carbon footprint.
The bells, which are housed in the Norman Tower alongside the cathedral, will be rung for 30 minutes on Saturday 30 October, starting at 6.00 pm.