Supporting youth climate change relay
Pupils to politicians and walkers to worshippers – people from across our diocese have all pulled on their walking boots to support a relay campaigning for climate justice.
Organised by the Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) and supported by the Church in Wales, the 1,000 mile relay began at the G7 Summit in Cornwall and ends at the UN COP26 climate meeting in Glasgow in November. Their aim is to put pressure on world leaders to take action on climate change and its effects on the poorest countries.
The Welsh tributary, which is 125 miles, started in Swansea on July 3, entering our diocese on July 8th before heading off ‘over the bridge’ into Bristol on Sunday 11th.
Walkers made their way from Cardiff to Newport and were joined by students from St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School. Arriving at Newport Cathedral, they were welcomed by the Dean of Newport, Ian Black, and took part in a Q&A climate session with local politicians, the Bishop of Monmouth, Cherry Vann and Julia Edwards, the Church in Wales’ Climate Champion who shared her experience of climate change in the Pacific islands region.
Cathedral choristers sang ‘Gee Seven’, a song written for children by Sir Tim Rice and Peter Hobbs for the G7 Summit in Cornwall with a strong message for world leaders.
The following morning, Yr 5 students from Malpas CIW Primary school, sent the walkers off in great style - with beautiful prayers, wonderful singing – and some quite challenging questions!
The walkers headed off in the sunshine on the 13-mile stretch – arriving in St Mary’s Church, Magor for a service later in the day.
On Saturday morning, the relay team will leave Magor, heading for Chepstow and a welcome service at St Mary’s.
Walkers will be treated to a community breakfast barbecue in the grounds of St Mary’s, Chepstow on Sunday morning, before being waved off to continue into England.
Find our more about the YCCN relay here https://www.yccn.uk/
Find out more about getting involved here Join in climate justice relay to COP26 - Monmouth Diocese (churchinwales.org.uk)