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Events

Events

As the world's leaders prepare to meet in Copenhagen to discuss climate change, Stop Climate Chaos (the coalition of environment and development organisations dedicated to action on climate change) has planned The Wave, Britain's largest-ever demonstration of environmentalism. There are two main locations for demonstration, Glasgow and London. The exact time and meeting place for Glasgow is yet to be determined, so keep an eye on StopClimateChaos where you can also register your willingness to attend.

Those wishing to attend the London event need to meet at Grosvenor Square at noon for a march that will arrive at Westminster at 3pm. The Wave will encircle the Houses of Parliament. The organisers ask that you wear blue, and if you can, bring a piece of blue material (eg a scarf or banner) to become part of the Wave.

The aim of the event is to get the government to focus on three key areas:

  1. Quit dirty coal  End our reliance on dirty coal power, and instead boost the UK's renewable energy supply to help build a green economy and create new jobs.
  2. Protect the poorest  Provide resources to help the world's poorest and most vulnerable people adapt to climate change and allow them to develop in a carbon friendly manner.
  3. Act fair and fast  Deliver a fair global deal in Copenhagen that keeps global warming under 2˚C.

Before the main meet at Grosvenor Square is an ecumenical service, to be held at Methodist Central Hall, at 11am. Archbishop Vincent Nicholls and Archbishop Rowan Williams - who will be leading a service in Copenhagen during the summit - will talk about the Christian responsibility for creation and a faithful concern for the poor. Ecuadorian environmental activist Fabiola Quishpe will also be speaking. After the service those with small children may wish to stay at the hall and participate in the planned family activities.

As the Archbishop of Canterbury speaks in Denmark, Exeter Cathedral will host its own 'Service for Copenhagen'. Climate Change and our response: a meditation in words, pictures and music is timed to coincide with the service in Copenhagen, starting at 11.30am on Sunday December 13. Tim Gorringe, the St Luke's professor of theological studies in the University of Exeter, and member of the Iona Community, will be speaking.