Bishops and different Christian leaders are participating in The Big One local weather protest march outdoors parliament on Friday.
The Big One is without doubt one of the largest local weather protests thus far, with round 100,000 individuals anticipated to assemble outdoors Parliament throughout the subsequent 4 days to demand an finish to the usage of fossil fuels.
The former Archbishop of York and present chair of Christian Aid, John Sentamu, known as UK authorities coverage on the local weather “an offence towards humanity”.
“Climate change is probably the most insidious and brutally indiscriminate drive of our time. The individuals struggling probably the most have performed the least to trigger it,” he stated.
“That is why persevering with to seek for new sources of fossil fuels, regardless of specific warnings towards this from the International Energy Agency, is such an offence towards humanity.
“If we wish to restrict local weather struggling we’ve to go away fossil fuels within the floor. The Church has a proud historical past of standing up towards injustice and as soon as once more we have to see Christians calling on the Government to take decisive motion.”
The Christian leaders will attend a No Faith In Fossil Fuels service at St John’s Church, Waterloo, earlier than marching previous Shell HQ to hitch the Big One protest outdoors Parliament.
Andy Atkins, CEO of A Rocha UK, stated, “It’s now far past any cheap doubt that the first driver of local weather change is burning fossil fuels.
“It is surprising that our authorities is encouraging new fossil gasoline exploration in UK territory, regardless of the UN’s science-backed name to finish all new fossil gasoline growth to make sure a habitable planet for individuals and nature.
“This is past irresponsible; it’s profoundly fallacious and unjust to individuals alive now and to future generations.
“As a UK Christian nature conservation charity, whose supporters are UK residents, we really feel morally impelled to inform our authorities ‘not in our identify’, and to wish for a change of hearts and minds.”