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Rise to the Moment: Relay to Cop 26 - Merseyside

Join us on a Rise to the Moment pilgrimage to Liverpool Cathedral as we seek climate justice, in the run up to the UN COP26 climate conference.

People of all faiths and none are welcome to walk in solidarity and bear witness to the climate emergency, as five relay walks visit churches across the region, on October 8 & 9.

Three relay walks on Friday October 8 will start from Southport, Ormskirk and St Helens. Five walks will continue on Saturday from Crosby, Walton, Huyton, Speke and the Wirral, culminating at Liverpool Cathedral for Evensong at 3pm on Saturday.

Inspired by Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) who want to see climate justice agreed at the COP26 world leaders' conference in November, the event is being supported by Christian Aid, Together Liverpool, and Faiths4Change.

People of all faiths and none are welcome to join the walks even for a short section, or offer a prayer for the planet or hope in a boat, to be carried along the routes.

Churches, schools, community and youth groups across the region have been busy holding ‘creation stations’ writing their hopes and prayers for climate justice on folded origami boats to be passed along the relay and then taken up to Glasgow.

The boat is YCCN’s symbol of hope that we can #RiseToTheMoment and use this year to set sail towards a more just future.

Relay routes overview
Among the churches confirmed to be hubs where walkers will gather to share prayers are: Christ Church Southport, St John’s Ainsdale, Holy Trinity, Formby, St Stephen's Hightown, St Luke’s Crosby, Ormskirk Parish church, Christ Church Aughton, St Andrews Maghull, St Giles Aintree, St Mary’s Walton, St Helens URC, Prescot Parish Church, St Gabriel’s Huyton Quarry, Court Hey Methodist Church, All Saints Speke, Garston Park LEP, St George’s Everton, St Mary’s Wavertree, the Quaker Meeting House and St Bride’s in Liverpool city centre.

The relays will be met at Liverpool Cathedral by Rev Canon Dr Ellen Loudon, director of Social Justice for the Diocese of Liverpool and chair of Together Liverpool, as they converge to deliver prayers to Liverpool Cathedral from 2pm onwards on Saturday.

The Evensong service including prayers for the walkers and for Cop26, will be led by Canon Precentor at Liverpool Cathedral, Rev Canon Dr Philip Anderson.

Following the service walkers will be invited to join Canon Ellen and Canon Phillip at the high altar, where the prayer boats can be placed and prayers will be said for their safe journey to Glasgow.

Please join us in praying for church leaders and congregations to stand up for climate justice, for those in power who will be making life changing decisions at Cop26, and for for those who are at the worst facing the worst of the climate crisis.

Click here for ideas about what churches and individuals can do to help mitigate our carbon footprint and meet Net-Zero Carbon targets.

You can also download Christian Aid’s Rise to the Moment activity pack including directions for how to make your prayer boat.

The YCCN in calling upon the UK Government to:

  • Reinstate the foreign aid budget to pre-COVID levels
  • Secure agreement from rich countries to double the commitment of $100bn a year for climate finance
  • Develop with other governments and international organisations a new regulated climate loss and damage mechanism which not only saves lives but livelihoods.
  • Push for the debts of the world’s poorest countries to be cancelled so they can better confront the climate crisis and other urgent priorities

Anyone interested in joining is encouraged to bookmark this web page, join the Rise to the Moment: Relay to Cop 26 Facebook group, or follow @TogethLiv on Twitter or see our Facebook page.

Anyone attending Evensong is reminded that parking is limited at the Cathedral and usual pay and display charges will apply. The accessible lift entrance to Liverpool Cathedral is on the left.

What is COP26?

For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority.

COP26 is the 26th meeting of the Conference of Parties, aka the 26th year that governments, NGOs, trade unions, businesses, and everyone else with any interest in climate change meets to review and negotiate global action. Taking place from 1-12 November 2021 – delayed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic - the world is headed to Glasgow, Scotland, formally hosted under the UK Presidency.

In the run up to COP26 the UK is working with every nation to reach agreement on how to tackle climate change. World leaders will arrive in Scotland, alongside tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for twelve days of talks.

Reducing our carbon footprint - what can churches do?

  • Register for Eco Church, complete the survey & use the resources – it’s free
  • Sign up your church for Faiths4Change, share your actions
  • Share your actions in church, in your community and on social media #netcarbonzero #climatejustice
  • Invite a Christian Aid speaker to present about climate justice in your community - email hello@christian-aid.org