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Let the bells ring for climate justice!

2. November 2009

    It is now time to take action after having made our pledges and signed the International post card for the Copenhagen Conference to deliver climate justice. The 13th of December is the defining moment for faith organizations and churches to conduct a church service and ring bells, sound conch shells, or beat drums or gongs 350 times.

    For centuries, across the world musical instruments like bells and drums have been used to warn people of imminent danger – but also to call people to religious service, marking important moments in worship and seeking to connect to God. Sunday 13 December marks the height of the talks at United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen.

    At 3 p.m.  – marking the end of a high profile ecumenical celebration at the Lutheran Cathedral in Copenhagen, the Church of Our Lady – the churches in Denmark will ring their bells, and Christians around the world are invited to echo them by sounding their own bells, shells, drums, gongs or horns 350 times.

    We envisage a chain of chimes and prayers stretching in a time-line from the Fiji Islands in the South Pacific – where the day first begins and where the effects of climate change are already felt today – to northern Europe and across the globe.  

    Why 350 times?

    350 refer to 350 parts per million: This is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere according to many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments. For all of human history until about 200 years ago, our atmosphere contained 275 ppm of CO2, but now the concentration stands at 390 ppm.  Unless we are able to rapidly reduce CO2 levels again, we risk reaching tipping points and irreversible impacts such as the melting of the Greenland ice sheet and major methane releases from increased permafrost melt.

    Learn more facts on climate change on http://www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/food/food-and-climate-change/

    Take Action

    By joining hands with Christians around the world we can have a greater impact in order to stop the destruction of God's creation and of human livelihoods. You can make a difference by doing the following actions: 

      1. Invite other religious communities, including brothers and sisters from other faiths, to join the campaign and worship service
      2. Please let us know of your activities by sending an email to the amunzara@e-alliance.ch


    For past Action Alerts see http://www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/<wbr></wbr>news/action-alerts/

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