Schools, churches and individuals are being encouraged to support a 200-mile pilgrimage from London to Paris aimed at encouraging world leaders to agree a fair, ambitious and binding deal at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
The Church of England is inviting people to participate by walking some or all of the route, cheer on pilgrims as they pass by schools or other local centres, or by holding ‘mini-pilgrimages’ in local communities and prayer vigils for the success of the talks.
There is also a digital competition offering two potential pilgrims the opportunity to join the journey to Paris with two full bursary places. To take part potential pilgrims need to send in a short 3-5 minute film stating what inspires them personally to act on the environment, how the environment impacts the worlds’ poorest and most vulnerable and why they feel they should be offered a fully funded place on the Pilgrimage2Paris.
The competition winners will not only have the unique opportunity of filming some of their experience on pilgrimage in a video diary but will also receive support with all the accommodation costs and return travel from Paris.
The pilgrimage will begin at St Martin-in-the-Fields in central London on November 13 and finish in the French capital on November 27, as negotiators from more than 190 nations gather for the start of the talks.
The pilgrims will hand in campaign petitions to Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on November 28 before joining an interfaith gathering and a mass mobilisation in Paris.
It comes after the General Synod, the Church of England’s national assembly, last month overwhelmingly backed calls for urgent action to tackle climate change, acknowledging that global warming is already hitting the poorest of the world hardest.
For more information and to sign up for the Pilgrimage2Paris, visit: www.pilgrimage2paris.org.uk.