Ring out a warning

The World Council of Churches, is asking churches around the world to ring bells as a warning to those gathered in Copenhagen for summit on climate change.

The World Council of Churches on Thursday called on churches around the world to ring their bells 350 times during the Copenhagen climate change summit on December 13 as a call to action on global warming.

The leading council of Christian and Orthodox churches also invited places of worship for other faiths to join a symbolic “chain of chimes and prayers” stretching around the world from the international date line in the South Pacific.

“On that Sunday, midway through the UN summit, the WCC invites churches around the world to use their bells, drums, gongs or whatever their tradition offers to call people to prayer and action in the face of climate change,” the council said in a statement.

“By sounding their bells or other instruments 350 times, participating churches will symbolise the 350 parts per million that mark the safe upper limit for CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere according to many scientists,” it added.

The chimes are meant to start at 3.00 pm local time in each location.

Faith leaders present UN with 60 plans to fight climate change. Ecumenical News International ENI reports:

Leaders of nine major faiths have presented 60 ideas for lessening carbon emissions to the United Nations after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon singled out the religious community as key in fighting climate change.

“We knew that we were going to have 31 major commitments, such as the Church of England cutting back its energy use by 40% by 2015, or the Muslims ‘greening’ the Hajj or Jews cutting meat consumption in their community by 2015,” Palmer said. “Then, on the last day, there were 30 more commitments.”

Ekklesia reports on a visual protest The Wave:

The Wave, a visual protest being organised by the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, promises to be the UK’s biggest-ever demonstration in support of international environmental action to combat climate change.

The event is due to take place in London on 5 December 2009, ahead of the crucial United Nations Copenhagen summit.

Before the march, international churches’ development agency Christian Aid will also be co-hosting an ecumenical service including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols.

Free Church and other faith representatives, who have been lobbying hard for action against global warming, will also be involved.

Participants will be encouraged to dress in blue to “flood the streets of London and encircle Parliament to press home the need for the Britain to do all it can to seal a just deal in Copenhagen,” say organisers – who are stressing the peaceful and friendly nature of the demo.

Asia and Pacific churches speak up for those displaced by climate change.

Washington Post has the current status of the US government and the upcoming Copenhagen conference.

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