“I am happy to endorse a nationwide “ring out for climate change” on the eve of the COP26 as a symbol of warning, but also of hope, that this conference will lead to action for us all, like Jesus, to tread more gently on our single island planet home and care more for those already adversely affected by climate change, especially in the economically poorest places on earth,” he added.
The Revd Canon Paul Cubitt, President of the Norwich Diocesan Association of Ringers said:
“Bells ring to call people to worship, they ring for celebrations and national thanksgivings. They have also been rung in times of danger. This might have been as a warning of invasion or fire. By ringing as many bells as we can across the Diocese on Saturday 30 October we will draw attention to the very real challenges of climate change and our own need to change. Some may want to ring bells half-muffled for a damaged world’.
The UN Climate Conference, COP26, will see 196 world leaders and an expected 20,000 delegates meet in Glasgow and work together to commit to a reduction in emissions to avoid a climate emergency.
It comes just months after the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change described global warming as a “code red for humanity”.
Mr Gildea has set up a Facebook page for anyone wanting to join the campaign. Where churches participate, a notification on social media or in newsletters can help make the local community aware of the significance of the bells.
Saturday 30 October: 6 – 6.30 pm: Ring out for Climate Change