Community and Global

As climate change is affecting the poorest in our communities (both locally and globally) and those without a voice (future generations and animals and plant species), many Christians feel compelled to speak out for climate justice.


Climate Justice and COP26 International Climate Change Talks

“For COP, we need concrete action now mainly from the finance institutions supported by regulation I think, to let low carbon investment blossom and fossil fuel investments drop to nothing. Things like border tax adjustments, announcements on coal, electric car charging. money flows to adaptation in hard hit countries and decisions on offsetting... the list goes on, but it needs to happen now and not wait.” 

Professor Piers Forster, Director of the Priestly International Centre, University of Leeds and a lead author of the IPCC reports

See our interview with Prof Piers Forster above.


Cover COP26 in Prayer

Join us in praying for 10 minutes each day through the two weeks of COP26 - that from 1st – 12th November.

It can be hard to know how to pray for the big issues around our changing climate and for our global leaders as they meet in Glasgow. The outcomes of the COP26 talks will have serious repercussions for God's people and planet for may years to come.

So why not sign up for the diocesan Cover COP26 in Prayer mailings, which will then be sent to you daily for the 12 days of COP. Praying for good outcomes for God’s creation and all of us who depended on it. They will include reflections of thankfulness, repentance and give an international perspective. Each day there will be a theme, a bible verse to read and reflect on, a video, and some suggested responses.

Sign up to receive the 12 daily mailings here


What is COP 26?

And why is this Conference of Parties (COP) so significant for all of us who depend on God's creation for our survival? 

Good COP, bad COP - What is COP26 and why is it so important? Article (which could be published in your parish magazine)


What are faith groups asking for at COP26?

The Make COP Count Coalition have released a series of briefing documents for faith groups outlining key demands for the international decision makers at COP26 in November. These papers can be used to upskill your congregation, to equip you with letter writing or conversations with your MP and more.

Summary Paper   Ending financial support for fossil fuels   “Loss and Damage” finance

Quick Action Stations! There’s A COP coming! Article (which could be published in your parish magazine)

Don't COP out! COP and your Church - Timeline to COP26

What will you and your church get involved in to raise awareness, campaign and pray for action for a just tranistion to a low carbon global economy? There are a plethera of local and national events to choose from: 




Suggested Action

Event Details or Resources


Make COP Count


Write/speak to your MP

The Make COP Count Coalition.

1 Sept – 4 Oct



Celebrate in your personal and church worship

The Season of Creation or Creationtide is a relatively new addition to the church year, dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life. A wide range of off the shelf worship material are available on the Church of England website here and Diocesan website here.

5 Sept

National Climate Sunday


Watch the national service

Hold your own Climate Sunday Service anytime. Details and resources

12 Sept 9am

Climate Sunday Online Service



Watch the national service

This Church of England online service will be a Climate Sunday service

Led by Giles Goddard, with footage from the YCCN relay, letting people know what they can do in the run up to COP, and featuring some of the DEOs doing readings and prayers. Find the service here.

18-26 Sept

Great Big Green Week


Hold an event


14-26 Sept

YCCN Relay

Marsden to Leeds to York to Ripon

Walk with the young people for one of the days. Join in with one of the events.

Yong Christian Climate Network walk from the G7 in Cornwall to COP26 in Glasgow  Details

14 Sept

Welcome for YCCN Relay as it comes into the diocese

St Bartholomew’s Church Marsden

Come along

Short service in church about 7.30pm following a welcome meal at 6pm

15 Sept

4.40 and 5.30pm

Welcome gathering and service for YCCN relay

St Peter’s Gardens and Church

Come along

Welcome gathering in St Peter’s Gardens , 4-4.30pm with Bishop of Huddersfield and other special guests.  .

Evening service in St Peter’s 5.30pm

16 Sept

Welcome gathering and service for YCCN relay

Drighlington Methodist Church

Come along

Welcome including new MP Kim Leadbeater (sister of late Jo Cox)

17 Sept 4.30pm

Prayer in the Square (YCCN Relay)

Leeds City Square

Come along

Join in welcoming the YCCN young people and praying for COP26. Details

26 Sept


Harvest service

Ripon Cathedral

Come along

The YCCN walkers will be welcomed at this service

6 Oct 4pm

Welcome to Camino to COP: A People’s Walk for the Planet


Come along

Ingleborough and Bentham Churches will be welcoming the 5oo or so pilgrims on the Camino to COP at Great Stone of Fourstones, above Bentham 4 pm and then at the Methodist Church, Station Road for food, sharing of stories

8 Oct 4.30pm

Rise to the Moment

Gateway Church Leeds

Make prayer boats at your church.

Come along

A launch event for a flotilla of origami boats carrying our prayers and hopes for climate justice.


9 Oct

Saying Yes to Life Conference


Attend the online day conference to upskill


14 Oct

Interfaith Climate Change Confernce

Halifax Minster

Come along

For Calderdale and Inter Faith groups in the North Details.

16 Oct

Diocesan Synod


Pray for the Diocese as we start our Saving Creation: carbon net zero journey

Discussion on the Diocesan Saving Creation Carbon Net Zero strategy

17-18 Oct

Faith 4 Climate Justice Action Banner drop


Please share on social media

Faith for the Climate

30 Oct


Ring out for the Climate


Your Church?

Ring your bells

Church bells have traditionally been used as warnings, and this time the danger to humanity couldn’t be greater – we are facing a Code Red for humanity. Details

1-12 Nov

Cover COP26 in Prayer

Your home or church

Take time out to pray

The daily Cover COP26 in Prayer emails are designed to help you spend about 10 minutes in prayer each day at this important time. Praying for good outcomes for God’s creation and all of us who depended on it. 

Sign up to receive the 12 daily mailings here


1 Nov 7.30-8.30pm

Cover COP26 in Prayer Launch Prayer Meeting


Come alone online

Come together with others from across the Diocese to pray on the first day of the international climate change talks. 7.30-8.30pm online. Hosted by St Mark's Church Harrogate. No need to book, just join the online meeting using the link

2 Nov 5-6pm

Green Showcase From COP


Register and watch

Hear from churches, schools and Christian organisations who are leading the way with innovative responses to climate change and projects to protect the natural world. Green Showcase Live

6 Nov

COP26 Global Day of Action

In a location near you

Join a march

On Saturday 6 November, people across the UK and the world will join marches and events to speak out against the injustice of the climate crisis. Find out more.

7 Nov

COP Church Service


Sign up and make this your Sunday service on 7 Nov

On the middle Sunday during the COP26 summit, Tearfund will host our COP26 church service, along with churches throughout the UK. This international climate-themed service is simple but effective way for your church to join in with prayer and worship for climate justice at a crucial moment. Details 

13 Nov 7pm

Screening of the film "2040"

Online or in person at St Mark’s Church Harrogate

Register to view the film

What could the future look like? Join us to watch this inspiring film which takes us on a journey to 2040 to explore what the future could look like if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet.

Watch the trailer here

Contact St Mark's to book for the in person screening.

Book to see the film online here


Hope for the Future provides resources and support to help your church and community speak with your MP about climate justice.

On a visit to Fiji over a year ago for the Regional Primates’ Meeting of the Oceania Region, I saw how climate change has already begun to impact the lives of local people. One of them told me, and these are words I will never forget, "For you Europeans, climate change is a problem for the future. For us it is a problem of everyday survival".
Archbishop Justin Welby

Roundhay Churches meet MP














What can our church do?

Check out our resources for worship and teaching here. Your church might also what to think about moving towards carbon net zero, and our resources to help with this can be found here.

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