23 October 2006

Methodists marching for action on climate change

Leading Methodists will take part in the I Count rally in London on 4 November. The event is organised the Stop Climate Chaos coalition and backed by Operation Noah, an ecumenical Christian movement backed by The Methodist Church.

Vice President of the Conference Dudley Coates and Secretary for International Affairs Steve Hucklesby will both speak at a worship service at Grosvenor Chapel. Following the service there is a rally at Grosvenor Square with speeches from politicians and environmentalists. A march will then take people to the mass gathering in Trafalgar Square.

Dudley Coates says 'We hope as many people will join us on the day, to make their voices heard and to demonstrate that this is an issue that affects us all. But there are many things people can do even if they can't join the march on the 4th. Climate change is one of the key issues we face: none of us will be immune from its effects and all of us have a part to play in addressing it.'

The rally is prompted by the United Nations' Climate Change Conference from 6th November in Nairobi, Kenya. Governments will discuss how to meet carbon emission targets set by the Kyoto protocol and further commitments beyond 2012. Dudley Coates says 'it is important that our governments make the tough political decisions necessary to move us forward. There is considerable willingness in the private sector and in society to tackle climate change but we in the developed countries in particular need to impose effective limits on carbon emissions. The science tells us that we have to be on an irreversible downward trend by 2015. To achieve that will involve real challenges to our present life styles. Our grandchildren will not thank us unless we take action now.'

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