Reggie, 85, on why he’s taking part in the Extinction Rebellion

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Christians Arrested During Climate Rebellion

 

 

 

Three Christians were amongst 22 people arrested yesterday during a direct action in central London designed to make the government take urgent action to tackle climate change.

Ruth Jarman, 55, Reggie Norton, 85, and Fr Martin Newell, 51, all members of Christian Climate Action (CCA) were some of dozens of people who occupied the entrance to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) yesterday morning, using glue, chains and lock-on tubes to attach themselves to the entrances to the building. BEIS confirmed that no one was able to enter or leave the building during the action which lasted around seven hours. CCA members worshipped and prayed during the action.

Yesterday’s action was the first in a fortnight of action co-ordinated by Extinction Rebellion. During this two week period, many people will risk arrest by engaging in non-violent direct action and thereby draw attention to the fact that we are damaging creation through anthropogenic climate change and the government isn’t doing enough to tackle it. Those involved are making 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.

The main day of action will be on Saturday 17th November and all are invited to join in.

Shortly before being the first of the 22 to be arrested, Ruth Jarman said, though tears:

If we don’t take action now, we will be the last generation who can.’

Fr Martin Newell, 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.’

The action had the support of Green Christian (GC). GC’s chair, Paul Bodenham, said:

‘Many members of Green Christian feel solidarity with the protestors who will be gathering in Parliament Square on 17th November. The world is becoming an anxious place because government is failing in its duty to protect the people and the planet. Scientists are telling us that current policy commitments are falling catastrophically short. As history shows, some paradigms can shift only when people break the law.’

A recent IPCC report shows that worldwide temperatures are currently heading for 3°C compared to pre-industrial levels, most likely triggering uncontrollable escalation in temperatures, whereas we need to be aiming for 1.5°C .

 

PRESS RELEASE: Christian Arrested At Climate Change Protest

PLEASE NOTE: THIS RELEASE WAS AMENDED SLIGHTLY ON 1st NOVEMBER at 9:10AM TO REFLECT NEWLY CONFIRMED NUMBERS OF ATTENDEES AND THOSE ARRESTED.

Wednesday 31st October 2018, 3:45pm

Contact Caroline Harmon: 07954 377569

For Immediate Release

Photos Available

 

A member of Christian Climate Action has been arrested this afternoon at a climate change protest in London. Nick Cooper, a Craft Shoemaker and a Catholic, locked himself to a gate outside the Palace of Westminster as part of the Extinction Rebellion, which has seen more than 1000 people gather in Parliament Square today to demand that the government take more urgent action to tackle climate change.

Before his arrest, Nick said:

‘I came today to lend my body to the Extinction Rebellion and defend God’s creation which we are crucifying with climate change. We are called to follow God’s law even when it means breaking the laws of our time and place.’

Nick is one of around 15 people who have been arrested. Those attending the event blocked the road outside Westminster for around three hours. 11 members of Christian Climate Action where present.

 

Phil Kingston, another Christian Climate Action member, who is in his 80’s, was led away by the police without being arrested after lying in the road for several hours.

Phil said:

‘The current path of climate breakdown presents enormous dangers. 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.’

The Extinction Rebellion is making 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.

ENDS

Contact Caroline Harmon: 07954 377569

Notes for Editors:

  1. Christian Climate Action is a community of Christians supporting each other in acts of public witness and non-violent direct action, as a way of following Jesus in the face of climate breakdown. https://christianclimateaction.wordpress.com
  2. Members of Christian Climate Action is one of a number of groups taking part in the Extinction Rebellion: https://risingup.org.uk/XR/
  3. 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.’
  4. A recent IPCC report shows that worldwide temperatures are currently heading for 3°C compared to pre-industrial levels, most likely triggering uncontrollable escalation in temperatures, whereas we need to be aiming for 1.5°C http://www.ipcc.ch/news_and_events/pr_181008_P48_spm.shtml

PRESS RELEASE: Christians to Join Climate Rebellion

CCA Rebellion

Thursday 18th October 2018

Contact Caroline Harmon: 07954 377569

For Immediate Release

Interviews available, both in advance and on 31st October

A group of Christians will be joining a non-violent rebellion in London later this month to demand urgent action from the government on climate change. On 31st October 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.

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.’

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.’

ENDS

Contact Caroline Harmon: 07954 377569

Notes for Editors:

  1. Christian Climate Action is a community of Christians supporting each other in acts of public witness and non-violent direct action, as a way of following Jesus in the face of climate breakdown. https://christianclimateaction.wordpress.com
  2. Members of Christian Climate Action will be one of a number of groups taking part in the Extinction Rebellion: https://risingup.org.uk/XR/
  3. The recent IPCC report shows that worldwide temperatures are currently heading for 3°C compared to pre-industrial levels, most likely triggering uncontrollable escalation in temperatures, whereas we need to be aiming for 1.5°Chttp://www.ipcc.ch/news_and_events/pr_181008_P48_spm.shtml

We Are Joining the Climate Rebellion

CCA Rebellion

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.’

Notes:

  • The recent IPCC report shows that worldwide temperatures are currently heading for 3°C compared to pre-industrial levels, most likely triggering uncontrollable escalation in temperatures, whereas we need to be aiming for 1.5°C.
  • Read our press release.

‘Pope’ & ‘Martin Luther’ Visit Nottinghamshire Fracking Site

35160629_1003996869757362_2449573041802313728_nThe Pope and Martin Luther were two characters in a play performed by a group of Christians outside a site in Nottinghamshire threatened with fracking last week. Members of Christian Climate Action travelled from across the UK to meet with local people for a prayer vigil at Tinker Lane near Blyth.

The vigil included liturgy, prayer, sung worship, and a play entitled ‘A Radical Reformation of the Economy’ in which Pope Frances and Martin Luther are characters calling for a reformation which sees humanity place care for creation above success of the economy. Most of their lines in the play are words the real Pope Francis and Martin Luther wrote.

IGas has planning permission to carry out exploratory drilling for shale gas on the site. This is the first step towards fracking. The vigil offered those who attended a chance to pray for the protection of creation and that fracking will not happen.

Caroline Harmon, a member of Christian Climate Action who attended, said:

‘Local people don’t want fracking in Nottinghamshire; science tells us that the earth cannot sustain life as we know it if we continue to extract fossil fuels; and the bible calls on us to care for the creation God has placed us in.

‘We first visited Tinker Lane in the summer of 2017. It’s fantastic to come back and see lots of local people fighting this at the gates of the site, but also sad to see the progress IGas has made in erecting equipment on the site.

‘We prayed for strength and perseverance for local opposition groups, and for the repentance and conversion of humanity as we seek to learn to live within our means in God’s earth.’

Find out more about possible fracking at Tinker Lane and those who are fighting it here.

Christian Climate Action Vigil at Tinker Lane Fracking Site

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  • 20th June 2018, 12:30pm-4:30pm
  • See Facebook event for location and more information

Christians from across the UK and a range of denominational backgrounds will be meeting to pray at a site in Nottinghamshire threatened with fracking on 20th June 2018. Members of Christian Climate Action will be joined by local people in a prayer vigil from 12:30pm-4:30pm at a site on Tinker Lane near Blyth.

IGas has planning permission to carry out exploratory drilling for shale gas on the site. This is the first step towards fracking. The vigil will offer those attending a change to pray for the protection of creation and that fracking will not happen.

Caroline Harmon, one of those who will be attending, said:

‘We first visited Tinker Lane in the summer of 2017 and we’re pleased we can come back to support local people who are working tirelessly to make sure fracking doesn’t happen at Tinker Lane.

‘It is a mistake to explore for more oil and gas in the beautiful countryside when scientists tell us that we must leave 90% of all known reserves in the ground in order to maintain abundant life on earth as we know it. We will be praying for strength and perseverance for local opposition groups, and for the repentance and conversion of humanity as we seek to learn to live within our means in God’s earth.’

Anyone is welcome to join the vigil. Contact us for more information on travel arrangements.