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Sheffield Cathedral welcomes young Christian climate change activists to Glasgow UK News

The Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) march arrived in Sheffield from Chesterfield on Sunday 5 September. The group was greeted at St Mary’s Church on Bramall Lane by the Bishop of Sheffield, the Reverend Pete Wilcox, and a group of Sheffielders joined the last mile to Sheffield Cathedral.

Following introductory speeches by Bishop Pete, as he is known, and Rachel Mander, one of the leaders of the march, the young Christian group met with the gathered religious and civic leaders to discuss what Sheffield can do to tackle climate change.

The relay started in Truro, Cornwall, where leaders of the G7 countries met earlier this year and discussed the issue, and will end in Glasgow, where the UN COP26 climate change conference will be held. in November.

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Bishop Pete joined the marchers from St Mary’s Church on Bramall Lane to Sheffield Cathedral

Bishop Pete said, “More and more people at every stage of life are realizing the climate emergency. Young people provide real leadership to older generations on the need to act radically and the need to act now.

“They understand how important COP26 is and challenge us to seize this moment.”

Rachel, who moved to Sheffield two years ago for a job, said: “We are looking to the future. Thinking back to January 2020 (and the pandemic), what would we have done differently if we had known? With climate change, we know what lies ahead and the suffering that follows.

Two of the leaders of the march, Tim Niblett and Rachel Mander, in front of Sheffield Cathedral

“We have the chance to think and plan for the long term. We are hosting this conference in Glasgow, how can we make this conference as productive as possible? “

She said the danger is that the richer nations will not respond to the emergency, endangering the poorest people, and called for “an act of faith and an act of love”.

A YCCN boat called The Pilgrim on display in the cathedral means that we all face the same storm but are on different boats, depending on whether we are in a developed country or a poorer one. People wrote prayers on colored paper and turned them into little boats that were placed there for a special evening service.

Worshipers also had the chance to watch a screening of the Climate Sunday Service from Glasgow Cathedral.

Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) walkers arriving at Sheffield Cathedral

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