The Bishop of Salisbury is praying and fasting on the first day of every month for a meaningful and fair agreement at next year’s UN climate talks.
Bishop Nicholas is being joined by his colleagues in Johannesburg, Cape Town, New York and Fiji, and many Christians of all denominations across the world.
“Christians are called to bring our concerns in prayer to the God who created and sustains the world”, said Bishop Nicholas, “Fasting has been used not only as a discipline and petition to God, but also as a means of drawing the attention of the powerful to injustice.
“Climate change affects people of all countries and all faiths. It should be something which unites the human race. That’s why I’m so pleased that I am being joined by fellow Anglican Bishops on three other continents today.
“The idea of prayer and fasting for the climate came from the Philippines’ lead negotiator at the 2013 climate change talks, frustrated by their lack of progress after the devastation caused to his country by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
“Christians in this country have been encouraged to join in by Operation Noah. At this time next year, negotiators from around the world will gather for another round of UN climate talks in Paris, at which it is vital to make progress. That’s why I’m asking people to join in praying and fasting about climate change.”
This is a movement of Christians in the UK praying and fasting on the 1st of each month for a meaningful and just global climate agreement at the UN climate talks.
Pray and Fast for the Climate is supported by members of the ‘Faith for the Climate’ network, including: A Rocha UK, The Baptist Union, Christian Aid, Christian Concern for One World, Climate Stewards, Commitment for Life, Hope for the Future, Operation Noah, Our Voices, SPEAK, Tearfund, The Church of England and its Shrinking the Footprint Programme, The Methodist Church, and The United Reformed Church.