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/ 20 October 2021

Ring out for the climate

Could you ring out your church bells on Saturday 30th October?

Church bells have traditionally been used as warnings, and we are facing what the UN Nations Secretary General has termed a ‘Code Red for humanity’.

Climate change is an increasingly serious and urgent threat to all of us, especially those most vulnerable and poorly equipped to deal with it.

To coincide with the international Climate Change Conference ‘COP 26’ in Glasgow, where almost the whole world will be represented, the Church of England has worked with the Central Council for Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) to promote the ringing of church bells on Saturday 30th October, from 6:00 to 6:30 pm.  This will be an alert, a warning to take climate change seriously and act on it without further delay.

Of course, we need the public to know why the bells are being rung. Make sure to tell your congregation, write to your local paper, gossip about it in your WhatsApp group or tweet if you’re on Twitter!  Post a notice on your website, mention in your newsletter and Sunday notices!

The Diocese of London warmly supports this initiative, which is gaining momentum and has recently been supported by the Association of English Cathedrals.

You can read a statement from the CCCBR on their website.

Visit the ‘Ring out for the Climate’ Facebook group

Ringers as far afield as Cornwall and even New York State and Canada are planning to be involved.

Please help all of us to hear the message of the bells. For humanity and for God’s Creation, to His glory above all.

Read more about the Diocese, the environment and climate change at:

About Brian Cuthbertson

Brian is the Head of Environment and Sustainability at the Diocese of London.

Read more from Brian Cuthbertson

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