Christian Climate Action were onsite with Extinction Rebellion all weekend at the Greenbelt Festival, which had a strong showing on the environmental front this year.
As well as having XR in residence, the festival featured a new venue called The Hothouse, which focused on the climate and environment crisis. CCA took part in a variety of discussions and workshops on activism.
In particular, CCA hosted a series of climate grief circles, each one allowing participants to reflect on their feelings about climate breakdown and practice active listening with each other. As the seriousness of the crisis begins to hit, there is a growing interest in climate psychology and the reality of grief and loss. CCA is developing resources along these lines, and Greenbelt was an opportunity to test out some materials. More news on that to follow, and you can download a prayer for climate grief in the meantime.
On the Sunday, CCA partnered with Christian Aid to run a funeral procession through the festival site and a die-in as an act of lament.
There was also a presentation to Archbishop Justin Welby on the main stage. He was handed a collection of letters from young Christians urging him to recognise the climate emergency and support the upcoming youth strikes. He said he would think about it and consult with colleagues.
Also present at the festival were the Anti-fracking Nanas, and Christian environmental organisations CreatureKind, A Rocha, Operation Noah, Green Christian, and Hope for the Future. Greenbelt itself also continues to prioritise sustainability in its operations.
We were thankful for many conversations over the course of the weekend, opportunities to listen and to be heard, to make new friends and encourage festival goers to take action for the climate.