Young Christians’ march to campaign for Climate Justice

First published on: 22nd June 2021

Hundreds of young Christians will march through our Diocese as part of a pilgrimage spanning the length of the country in their fight against climate change.

Marching from Cornwall to Glasgow – from G7 to COP26 – the pilgrims will call on world leaders to address the Climate Emergency.

Organised by the Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN), the relay route set off from Truro Cathedral, near to where the G7 are meeting, on 13 June and will end in Glasgow where COP26 – the 2021 United Nations climate change conference – is being hosted.

Volunteers are encouraged to sign-up to support walkers, cyclists, and other pilgrims as the march passes through our Diocese from 3-6 October.

Newcastle is one of ten Residency Hubs at main cities along the route where additional events advocating for climate justice are encouraged.

The route will leave Berwick-upon-Tweed and enter Scotland on 15 October, concluding on 31 October in Glasgow to coincide with the beginning of COP26.

Rachel Mander, a young Christian and the relay co-leader, said: “We stand in solidarity with people and places that are being plunged into debt and poverty because of climate change.

“More carbon emissions mean more disease, more food insecurity and more poverty.

“We will not let the UK government host summits on our doorstep only to hear more talk and no action.”

The YCCN is not restricting participation and is galvanizing people of all ages and faiths to take part.

For more information on the relay, Residency Hub and how to lend your support, click here.

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