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Published on 1 November 2021

Rewatch 'The Time is Now: Christian Aid & Friends' event here

This event took place in Glasgow Cathedral on Monday 8 November

As the world gathered in Glasgow for COP26, we came together for an evening of music, prayer and inspiration to work together for a world of climate justice.

The service includes addresses from Dr Rowan Williams, Jen Morris from the Young Christian Climate network, The Kingdom Choir, Dr Robert Beckford, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, Sally Foster-Fulton and more.

Download the event programme here.

Sailed to Glasgow

Previously seen at St Paul’s Cathedral in August, the giant Ark artwork has now been installed at Sandyford Henderson Memorial Church, Kelvinhaugh Street, Glasgow for the duration of COP. 

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Rise to the Moment – Yorkshire

During the YCCN residency in York, a panel of people from across the church, scientific and political communities, joined in conversation with an audience of supporters to discuss the question: Why is now the time to Rise to the Moment on climate change? 

You can watch again, to see Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York; Jen Morris, YCCN; Rachael Mander MP, Rev Cllr Chris Cullwick, Lord Mayor of York; Adhvaidhi Kuntran, student, University of York; and Pete Moorey, Head of Campaigns and UK Advocacy, Christian Aid answer the question, and more.

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Taking over the steps of St Paul's

On the 5th of August Christian Aid made a statement outside St Paul’s Cathedral to raise awareness for the Young Christians Climate Network’s (YCCN) Relay to COP26.

To get the attention of the public, a giant artwork was installed on the front columns of St Paul’s Cathedral to highlight the disparity between the UK and vulnerable communities in the global south facing the effects of the climate crisis.

The artwork included an image of a Giant ark surrounded by smaller boats in a storm with the message “same storm, different boats”. The purpose of this image along with this statement was to represent the difference in capabilities between rich and poor nations in mitigating the effects of climate change.

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A group of YCCN members standing on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral Credit: Robin Prime/ Christian Aid
A group of YCCN relay walkers outside St Paul's

Other installations that were set up at St Paul’s throughout the day included large a wooden boat and origami boats made by the pupils of Trinity School in Carlisle. The origami boats made by these pupils included written messages which campaigners will take to Glasgow to show world leaders at COP26 to urge them to take action on the issue. Members of the public were also encouraged to get involved in the activities on offer and make origami boats of their own to display outside St Paul’s Cathedral.

Nonetheless, the focus of the day’s event began as around 30 campaigners on the YCCN relay arrived at St Paul’s to cheers and applauses from supporters and senior church leaders as they completed a three-hour long pilgrimage from Lambeth.

As everyone gathered around the Cathedral, Head of Public Engagement at Christian Aid, Chine McDonald delivered a speech welcoming everyone to the event and highlighted the work Christian Aid is doing to support YCCN’s relay to COP26. Others took to the steps of St Paul’s with Chair-elect of Christian Aid, Dr John Sentamu delivering a speech stating that “climate justice is now, not tomorrow or the day after” and YCCN’s Flo Wright giving an insight into the purpose of the relay and encouraging supporters to get involved.

The day’s event was brought to an end with a prayer led by Archdeacon of Croydon, Rev Rosemarie Mallet and YCCN’s Naomi-Ruth Bookless as they called for global leaders to take urgent action in a key year for climate as we draw nearer to the COP26 summit in November.