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A call for hope in the lead up to COP26

  • 11 August 2021

Jesuit Missions joins the YCCN relay on its way to Glasgow.

This summer has produced the most mixed weather in my living memory. We have had fantastic sun and high temperatures on some days but other days we have had to witness near torrential rain.

This week the world was hit by the damning IPCC report on the state of the climate emergency. With ‘the past five years being the hottest on record since 1850’ we have been reminded that time is running out to turnaround climate change.

For too long the world has been careless and selfish in its treatment of the planet and it is the duty of this generation and the next to make a difference. To this end, some of the Jesuit Missions team were delighted to join a relay organised by the Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN). The YCCN was formed only last year with the purpose of ensuring that the voices of young people are heard at the upcoming COP26.

COP26 is taking place in Glasgow this November, has been described as ‘the last best chance’ to tackle climate change and for this reason YCCN are putting events up and down the country to raise awareness of the opportunity of COP26.

Jesuit Missions joined the London leg of the relay from the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street and proceeded to Westminster Cathedral. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ kicked off proceedings with a short prayer before we marched to Westminster cathedral for a service led by Westminster Justice and Peace.

Justice and Peace Volunteer, Chris Carling, spoke about the need for a climate conversion:

‘Our call to ecological conversion needs to spread. Thinking of our government, it is perhaps easy to despair; new oil fields being considered off the Shetlands, a second private jet for ministers. Yet there is hope, hope in this conference in Glasgow, hope that grace will overflow’.

If you’re a young person who is inspired by the hope of COP26 you can take part in their relay which is continuing onto Glasgow. You can also prepare for COP26 by signing up to Growing Our Future which will email you advice every month on how best to prepare for the conference.

As part of Growing Our Future we are also leading a pilgrimage from Edinburgh to Glasgow from 3-6 November. This is an opportunity to pray for the success of and be a witness to COP26.