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Climate change Christians reach Glasgow after stay in Solihull

Solihull Editorial 7th Nov, 2021   0

A GROUP of young Christians who stayed in Solihull on their walk from Cornwall to COP26 have arrived in Glasgow.

The climate activists have covered a total of 1,200 miles and hosted overnight by Solihull Methodist Church on their journey.

Working in partnership with Christian Aid, Tearfund, Quakers Britain, Church of Scotland, United Reformed Church, Passionists, Church of England, as well as local churches along the way, the Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) aims to highlight the effects of climate change on the world’s poorest communities.

The relay started at the G7 conference in Carbis Bay, Cornwall in June.

Along the way the activists have had residencies in Exeter, Bristol, Reading, London, Birmingham, Manchester, York, Newcastle, and Edinburgh.

More than 2,000 people of all ages have walked different sections of the 1,200-mile route.

Vicar of Shirley parish, the Rev Paul Day, said: “It was a real privilege to join in with these inspirational young people on their walk.

“We hope and pray that the world leaders gathered in Glasgow will make wise decisions for the long-term good of the planet and all its inhabitants.”

John Glen MP (Con, Salisbury) and Mary Glindon MP (Lab, North Tyneside) have signed the Young Christian Climate Network’s pledge. This asks the UK government to ensure that world leaders meet and exceed their decade-old promise to mobilize $100billion of climate finance for developing countries at COP26.

Naomi-Ruth Bookless, a YCCN member said: “I’ve absolutely loved taking part in the YCCN Relay to COP26 – so much so that I kept signing up for more!

“I’ve met so many wonderful and inspiring individuals, and have learnt so much about our world, our God, and the impact of our actions.

“Providing at least $100bn a year for climate finance would provide those most affected by climate change with a stronger position to face this crisis.”

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