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Cathedral school pupils take climate change action

19th Sep 2019

Pupils from the Chelmsford Cathedral Primary School are taking part in a strike for Climate change. The demonstration will take place on Friday 20 September outside Shire Hall, Chelmsford. They will be joined by many other children and young people from across Chelmsford as part of the youth strike movement for the climate which is calling on everyone, young and old to stand in solidarity and mobilise alongside them for the Global Climate strike.

The young people’s call is this: ‘Our hotter planet is already hurting millions of people. If we don’t act now to transition fairly and swiftly away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy access for all, the injustice of the climate crisis will only get worse.’

Strikes are taking place across our nation and across the world. These events come ahead of an emergency UN climate summit on Monday 23 September, at which world leaders must announce concrete new plans to make their promises under the Paris Agreement a reality.

In a recent letter to all clergy in Chelmsford Diocese, The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford encourages churches to raise awareness and to take time to reflect on the climate change emergancy we are facing, particularly between October 6 and October 20.

In the letter the Bishop wrote:

We are encouraging all churches to open their doors so that people can come together to pray and reflect during the two weeks of action, reaching out to both congregation members and those outside the church. There may already be those in your congregations and parishes who are grieving for what is happening to God’s beautiful creation, and this may be a time when we as clergy can come alongside individuals in their sorrow and desire for action.”

Elizabeth Snowden, the Archdeacon of Chelmsford and Chair of the Diocesan environmental group, says: 

I am supporting our children as they call for leaders of our nation to bring about the necessary change to address the climate emergency. If you are not able to join one of the strikes taking place then please take time out tomorrow to pray for our children and our world."


More information


Bishop Stephen’s letter to clergy

Read the Bishop’s Letter: Take action to change climate change

Chelmsford Schools strike

The Chelmsford Schools strike for Climate change is taking place on Friday 20 September at 12pm outside Shire Hall.  Details of the route can be found here


(Published by Tearfund)

Have mercy on us Lord Jesus. Wake up your church – start with me.

Open our eyes to the mess we’ve created and lead us to repent.

Open our ears and our hearts to the groaning of creation and the distress of our brothers and sisters.

Move us to embrace change in our lifestyles, helping us to put what’s right before what’s convenient.

And give us a voice and leadership in this nation to act radically on climate. Amen.