01 Dec Anglican Bishops Pray and Fast for the Climate
The Bishop of Salisbury – the Church of England’s lead bishop on the environment, is joining colleagues from around the world in praying and fasting today, and on the first day of every month, for a meaningful and fair agreement at next year’s UN climate talks.
Bishop Nicholas is today being joined by his colleagues in Johannesburg, Cape Town, New York and Fiji, and many Christians of all denominations across the world.
Bishop Nicholas said:
“Christians are called to bring our concerns in prayer to the God who created and sustains the world. 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.
“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.”