CCA on Trial – Join the cloud of witnesses for the defence


Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court

181 Talgarth Road
W6 8DN


May 31st 2016

What we did

On the first day of the Paris climate conference last year, five members of Christian Climate Action revealed the hypocrisy of the Department of Energy and Climate Change by whitewashing its walls, and rebranded it the Department for Extreme Climate Change in black paint.

We took our inspiration from Jesus, who, in Matthew 23, says,

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.  In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.’

Five of us were arrested and charged with criminal damage. We are grateful for your support and prayers as we explain our actions in court today.


helen‘I am a conservation volunteer, environmental scientist and campaigner, foodie, and music fan. I would like prayers for courage and energy, both in this trial and going forward in the fight against climate change, for wisdom and clarity speaking the truth and making my case, and for an infectious and tangible presence of the Holy Spirit with us all, to move us all and all who we encounter to love more beyond our comfort zones.’


martin‘I am a Catholic priest and member of the Passionist Religious Order, living and working in Birmingham with destitute asylum seekers. Before moving here I was 8 years with the London Catholic Worker. I believe we can make the massive changes necessary to avert extreme climate change, but need a global climate insurgency and deep global political conversion to do it.’



me‘I am a chemistry-graduate, mum and viola-player and have been campaigning on climate change for nearly 20 years. Please pray that I’m able to explain my motivation truthfully and that our actions will be effective in raising awareness of the seriousness of climate change and inspire others, especially Christians, to act in their own way to peacefully resist the evil of climate change.’


phil‘I want well-being and security for my grandchildren and their peers, and all of the generations who come after them. Without a sustaining Earth and its beautiful life-forms, they will be robbed of their birth-right. Please pray that we, and everyone we encounter, will be open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit.’



westley1 (5)‘Catastrophe is our constant companion now and it is a difficult burden to carry faithfully.  It is too easy to resort to hollow hopeful notions or to make too much use of despair.  Pray for some guidance on finding a narrow path through destruction on all sides; not fleeing from loss or clinging to things passing away but also not letting go of difficult things that remain of value or embracing self-indulgence or self-destruction.’



Quotes we like

‘The person who acts against their conscience always sins.’ Thomas Aquinas

‘To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.’ Karl Barth

‘Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.’ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

‘Christians must enter into the complicated reality of the world.  They cannot decide, a priori, what to do, but rather will know only when they have entered into the situation of crisis itself.  They must partake of the entire anxiety before the world’s laws, and must experience paradoxically that world offers them a choice.  Not between good and evil but between evil and evil.  And that nonetheless, even evil can provide a path to God.’ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

‘The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.’ Martin Luther King, Jr.

‘I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate… who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action;’.’ Martin Luther King, Jr.

‘Christian Climate Action is a howl of prophetic protest against the kings of our time, who have turned their backs on caring for the Creation, and imagine they can do so with spiritual impunity.’ Professor Alastair McIntosh


A Prayer

God of justice, as we stand before this court, we also stand before you. And it is you to whom we owe our allegiance.

We repent of our daily participation in the wrecking of your world and trust in your mercy.  As we stand with those in court today, we pray that they may speak truthfully and humbly and remain obedient to the judge of all. We pray that other Christians will be inspired to acts of prophetic resistance against the ignorance, apathy and hypocrisy that is causing climate chaos.

We commit ourselves to work and pray for the conversion of DECC to an institution that fulfils its mission of ensuring that the UK runs on clean energy and promotes international action on climate change.


Christian Climate Action is a community of Christians supporting each other in following Jesus Christ in the face of imminent and catastrophic anthropogenic climate change, in acts of non-violent direct action


phone: 07970 907784



PRESS RELEASE: Christians take part in direct action to shut down coal mine in Wales

25th April 2016

groundswell_header-1024x381On Tuesday 3rd May, a group of Christians will take part in the mass action to close down the Ffos-y-Fran coal mine in Wales and call for the end of coal mining in the UK. The UK government announced last year that it plans to end coal burning for electricity by 2025. Christian Climate Actionsays this is not only too late, but also little more than a hypocritical gesture if the UK continues to mine coal for shipping overseas.


Ruth Jarman of Christian Climate Action, said, ‘Our government agreed last year in Paris to try to limit climate change to less than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. To have any chance of meeting this target 85% of known fossil fuel reserves, and 90% of coal, the dirtiest of all, need to stay in the ground. By stopping mining at Ffos-y-Fran, the largest opencast coal mine in the country, we are simply helping our government to live up to its own promises.’


The ‘End Coal Now’ action will happen as part of the Reclaim the Power mass action camp, which will run from Saturday 30 April to Wednesday 4 May near Merthyr Tydfil, and is part of the Groundswell year of action and international mobilisations taking on the fossil fuel industry.


‘As Christians we feel we have no option but to take sides on matters that threaten the future of so much of God’s creation, including the people he loves,’ said Ruth. ‘By participating in this action to stop the mining of coal, we intend to place ourselves on the side of justice and peace.’




Contact: Ruth Jarman 07970 907784 / 01252 849904


Editors Notes:

  1. More information about Christian Climate Action, including statements of support and photographs, can be found on our website:
  2. The Reclaim the Power mass action camp, End Coal Now, is part of the Groundswell year of action and international mobilisations taking on the fossil fuel industry this May.  The camp hopes to shut down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine – Ffos-y-fran in Wales.