Relay to COP26 from the Young Christian Climate Network
Beth Naylor-Smith and Hannah Bristow from the Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) share their organisation's ambitious plans for a countrywide relay to raise the profile of climate and creation care theology...
This year is an important year for climate negotiations. In June, world leaders are meeting in Cornwall for the G7 Summit. In November, heads of state and international organisations will be attending COP26 in Glasgow. It’s a decade-defining opportunity to make a stand for climate justice, to hold our leaders accountable and to protect people, not bank balances. It’s a decade-defining opportunity to think about what we, the Church, could do together - how we could #RiseToTheMoment.
The Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) are an action-focused community of Christians in the UK aged 18-30, choosing to follow Jesus in the pursuit of climate justice. We are organising a 750-mile Relay to COP26, walking from Cornwall to Glasgow to raise awareness of COP26 and spark conversations around climate and creation care theology within local churches and communities across the UK. Along the way, church leaders will hold services and events at key cities and join us in praying for climate justice. The symbol of the Relay is a boat, a representation of our hope that we would #RiseToTheMoment and set sail towards a just future.
We would love for all who feel able to sign up and walk with us as we make a stand for climate justice. We also encourage churches to sign up together, both to walk with us and get involved in planning and hosting events and providing accommodation for the walkers in their local area.
This Relay is open to all, regardless of denomination or creed, age, ethnicity or gender identity. This Relay is ecumenical: it is an opportunity for all Christians to raise our collective voice in support of ambitious change so that the love of Jesus might be shown in our local communities, nationwide and to our global neighbours.
Come, join, and #RiseToTheMoment.
Find more information about the YCCN Relay and sign up to support