The next big Extinction Rebellion uprising is happening at the end of August and early September. The idea is that from August 28, local groups will be doing high impact disruptions in their own regions. Then from September 1st, people will galvanise in three main cities (London, Manchester and Cardiff). So what is the plan for Christian Climate Action in London?
United with our brothers and sisters in other faith groups in fierce love for the Earth, we will sit in vigil for the Earth for seven days and nights. We will hold a space of peace and hope amongst the chaos, grounded in our faith, in our trust in each other, and in our love of the Earth. Join us!
All are welcome, whether you’ve meditated or prayed before or not. We will begin at 7pm on Monday the 31st of August with a multi faith service to prepare a sacred space in Parliament Square, and will continue in silent prayer and contemplation all day and all night, as near to Parliament as we can get, until at least Sunday the 6th of September. Just come along wearing a mask, take a social-distancing ribbon and sit with us – for ten minutes, a few hours or maybe for part of the night. When you leave you can tie a ‘with love and grief for the Earth’ ribbon around your wrist and take some of the peace with you.
JOIN US ON TELEGRAM
Our location may change and so please do join our Telegram broadcast, here: https://t.me/joinchat/Kb17hhPJjw6vBOHl2p9thQ (for those of you who aren’t familiar with telegram – it’s a bit like whatsapp but more secure). We will also have a stable base for information in the garden at St. John’s Waterloo so you can check in with us there.
JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP
We have a Facebook group which we set up for our previous 40 days and nights vigil, which was interrupted by coronavirus and which continued at home. Do share your photos and stories there: Rebellion prayer & meditation vigil.
JOIN THE ROTA
We are also looking for people who are willing to sign up for our rota to sit for an hour or more: https://signup.zone/xDpiBRsKh67xo6NrC, especially during the nights – please only write your name on the rota if you can definitely come as we want to make sure there are a few people at a time for safety. If you have questions that aren’t answered, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This vigil is beautiful in its simplicity and powerful in its intent – to come together as people from different faith communities and from all philosophies, and to sit together in our grief and our deep love for our planet. When we did our 40 day and night vigil, many people reported having deep experiences as they sat, and many warm relationships were formed. We sit with humility and compassion in lament for the climate and ecological crisis, and for our leaders and representatives to find in themselves the courage to take the urgent action that is necessary to protect our fragile and wounded world. Please support us.
Where will we be?
We would like to stay as close as we can to Parliament, without putting ourselves in danger of arrest. We may have to change our location as events unfold. Sign up to the Telegram broadcast to find out where we are, check our Facebook page, or come to St John’s Waterloo.
What do I need to bring?
You might want to bring something to sit on – a chair, stool or blanket – suitable clothes (do check the weather for rain!) and something to drink and eat. It can get much colder than you think during the nights even in summer and it may rain so be prepared! Please wear a mask at all times and bring hand sanitizer.
Is this an arrestable action?
This event isn’t intended to be arrestable – we will find a place to sit where we aren’t disrupting the public or blocking roads. There is always a very slight risk of arrest during actions – if this is a concern do attend a training or speak to your local group for advice.
Do people have to be a part of Christian Climate Action to attend?
No! All are welcome, especially those who haven’t joined actions before. In fact, this is a perfect action if you haven’t done anything like this before.
Can I join from home?
Yes! Whether we’re sitting or not, we’ll be pausing every day at 9am and 9pm for nine minutes, and so do join us in that. We’d also love it if you sat vigil at home during the rebellion and posted photos onto the Facebook group or let us know by email.
Will there be vigils in other locations?
We hope so! We had a group in Cardiff for the last vigil, and so if you’re interested in being a local organiser do get in touch. All you’ll need is a few people and a banner – simple :). We can give you advice and support if you need it. Just email us.
How can I help?
Apart from signing up to the rota (https://signup.zone/xDpiBRsKh67xo6NrC), let people know about us. The power of these actions always depends on whether they are talked about or not. If you feel inspired by this action, please do talk to people and share on your social media.
Will the vigil go on beyond the initial seven days and nights?
This depends on whether people want it to continue!