In the run-up to the world leaders’ climate change talks in Paris, people in Leeds will be joining thousands around the world who are taking part in a People’s Pilgrimage with their own People's Pilgrimage for Leeds.
At 10am on 28 November, people will set off from the four corners of the city and then join together for a service at Leeds Minster at 12.30pm. A civic Peoples’ Climate March will then set off from outside the Minster at 1.30pm en route for City Square where there'll be a people's rally at 3pm. Everyone is welcome to come from any of the four corners of the city and get the bus back (see routes below).
The C of E’s Pilgrimage2Paris leaves London on 13 November.
Diocesan Environment Officer, Jemima Parker, says, "Many Christian leaders acknowledge the importance of keeping global warming below a 2 degree rise. In their Statement of Faith spiritual leaders have called for just outcomes at the Paris talks. And the Cof E has issued a simple 'Paris Primer' about the talks.
"But it’s not just our political leaders who need to take action.To change everything we need everyone! So please pray, and come to any of the many events listed below that are taking place in the diocese over the next couple of months".
To pray for the Paris talks, the Pray and Fast website has useful resources. A special service could be held on Advent Sunday (29 November) to pray for climate justice and hold the planet before God. You could also use the A Rocha Advent Calendar to guide you up to Christmas.
Other Events in the Diocese
November 7 Wild City Retreats Meanwood Urban Farm, Leeds. 9.45am-1pm
November 10 Hook Lecture: Fragile Creation with Frances Young, Leeds Minster 7.30pm
November 10 The Road to Paris: Accelerating International Action on Low Carbon Cities. 6-8pm University of Leeds
November 12 From Cold War to Hot Planet – How Important is the Paris Climate Summit? 7-9pm Holmfirth Civic Hall
November 14 Earth Fire and Ink, Royal Armories. A fun, interactive day exploring stories of war and saving the planet.
November 28 ‘Building a better future’ – community climate action and candlelit vigil, 4.30pm University of Huddersfield
November 28 Towards a Low Carbon Kirklees – Day Conference 10:30am- 4:30pm University of Huddersfield
November 30-December 11
Prayer Space for the COP21 Climate Change Talks, everyday all day, St Anne’s Cathedral and Clare Chapel, the Emmanuel Centre, Leeds University.
December 1 Pray for the Climate 8-9pm St Peter’s, Harrogate.
December 5 Light a candle for the planet at a vigil to be held 4-5pm at Oakwood Clock
December 11 Community film Screening of 'This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus the Climate'. 7pm, St Peter's Church, Harrogate.
December 12 Wild City Retreats Meanwood Urban Farm Leeds. 9.45am-1pm
Leeds People's Pilgrimage 28 November
The four corners (and the bus routes) from which the pilgrimage starts are:
North: Oates Memorial , Meanwood Park LS6 4LE Bus No 51
East: Temple Newsam LS15 0AE Bus No 19 or 19A (see walk route below)
South: Park Halt on the Middleton Railway LS10 3UU Bus No 12 (see walk route below)
West: Kirstall Bridge, Wyther Lane/Broad Lane LS53BP Bus No 49