Christian Climate Action will be joining a declaration of non violent rebellion to demand urgent action from the government on climate change. On Wednesday 31st October 2018 members of Christian Climate Action (CCA) will join a number of other groups in Parliament Square, London to make the following key demands of the government concerning climate change:
- That the UK declares a state of emergency around climate change;
- That the government takes action to create a zero carbon economy by 2025;
- That we create a national assembly of ordinary people to decide what our zero carbon future will look like.
If the government does not agree to these demands by 12th November then the rebellion will begin.
We believe a zero carbon economy by 2025 will not be possible under the global market economy, which is projected to double in size during the next two decades. Zero carbon targets and protection of life on earth generally is not possible without a completely new economic model. As Pope Francis has said: ‘The worship of the ancient golden calf (cf. Ex 32:1-35) has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose.’
A recent report from the The United Nations (UN) IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has said that a global zero carbon economy is necessary by 2050. As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and the first to industrialize, the UK needs to get to zero carbon well in advance of 2050, since countries that are still developing will need to use carbon for longer and their development shouldn’t suffer if we are not willing to make changes to achieve zero carbon.
Fr Martin Newell, one of those taking part, said:
‘We are crucifying God’s earth, creating ongoing climate change that will cause disasters that would completely undermine any practical good work otherwise done. As a Christian I am called to act in solidarity with the crucified, and witness to God’s sacrificial love for His people and His creation.’
Sheila Collins, another member of CCA, said:
‘I am taking part in this action because I believe that climate change threatens all life forms on earth including human life. We all need a wake-up call to realise that we must act now to mitigate the worst effects of climate change, which will fall most heavily on the poorest peoples and future generations.’
Richard Barnard, said:
‘The science is done. This is really happening. Even here in England we can see and feel what is happening to God’s creation. For my children and my children’s children I have to take action. My Christian heroes all did so and had to sacrifice things for it and I must do likewise. This action will hopefully inspire ordinary folk to take action. We only have this one chance and one planet; we simply must act together now.’
Phil Kingston, said:
‘I am taking this action because the current path of climate breakdown presents enormous dangers and we humans have very little time left in which to limit the predicted destruction. This breakdown is already happening worldwide and a recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report spells out both the seriousness and the urgency of what we face. None of the main political parties are responding with the level of ambition which is essential if we are to respond with the necessary commitment and sacrifice.’