SEE US IN A NEW LIGHT
How we are supporting COP26
We are delighted to host a series of initiatives and activities this autumn, in support of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.
Running from 31 October – 12 November 2021, COP26 will be the largest meeting of world leaders that the UK has ever hosted. One of the aims is to review the progress of the Paris Agreement, created in 2015. In the Paris Agreement, nations agreed they would reduce their greenhouse emissions, invest in renewable energy sources, prevent global temperatures from warming by more than 2 degrees and support developing countries financially so they can become more environmentally friendly.
In line with the Church of England’s Environment and climate change response, we believe that tackling climate change is an essential part of our responsibility to safeguard God’s creation.
River of Prayer
(Art installation) Wednesday 20 October – Thursday 18 November 2021
We have been working with Christian Aid to host the River of Prayer installation, a thoughtful and interactive textile piece encouraging prayer and contemplation.
Inspired by the words from Amos 5:24 ‘Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!’, we hope it inspires you to work and pray for climate justice, together with communities living in poverty around the world.
Make Your Mark (On Our World)
(Interactive exhibition) Wednesday 20 October – Thursday 25 November 2021
Newcastle Cathedral has commissioned artist Lucy Farfort to produce illustrations of six of the world’s most endangered animals. There are many reasons why these animals are endangered; some are connected to climate change and some are not. But sadly they are all related to the actions of humans.
We can all take positive action to make positive change in the world and there are many ways that people can make collective small steps to help tackle climate change.
In this interactive exhibition, visitors of all ages can make their mark by using the materials provided to add colour, pattern or a message of hope to the African Elephant, Amur Leopard, Black Rhino, Orangutan, Gorilla and Hawksbill Turtle.
You can share your work with us for others to see by using the hashtag, #newcastlecathedral
Young Christian Climate Network
It was a joy to welcome more than 30 YCCN Climate Pilgrims and friends, on their long relay walk to Glasgow for COP26.
In a climate-themed service on Sunday 3 October, which you can watch back here, members offered inspiring reflections on Climate Justice. Some are pictured in the photo above, with the specially constructed boat that accompanies them.
On Wednesday 6 October, the pilgrims joined us for a screening of the 2017 documentary film Thank You for the Rain. The event was run in partnership with our friends at Christian Aid North East and Cumbria, and we were joined by the Bishop of Berwick, The Rt. Revd Mark Wroe, who offered some reflections on the film, and Johny Hilaire, who spoke about his first-hand experience of the effects of the climate crisis in Haiti.
In addition to the events listed here, there will also be ‘making and exploring’ activities this half term alongside tours, trails, and services.