Local churches march for stronger climate action

The Uniting Church's Reverend Sarah Tomlinson and elder Solway Nutting ahead of this Sunday's Faiths for Climate Justice event. Photo: Eve Lamb

Eve Lamb

As Prince Charles turns up the heat on our PM to attend next month’s UN climate talks in Glasgow and local school kids hold yet another School Strike for Climate, Castlemaine churches are also taking action.
On Sunday the Uniting Church in Castlemaine will be among multiple faiths across the planet participating in events calling for urgent action to alleviate climate change – with a local march to take place in Castlemaine.
“Destroying the planet is against what we believe,” says elder with the Uniting Church at Harcourt, Solway Nutting, among those inviting people of all faiths to take part in the Faiths For Climate Justice event happening in Castlemaine this Sunday.
“In Castlemaine, people of faith will meet at the Uniting Church in Lyttleton Street next to the Art Gallery at 1pm,” she says.
“We will walk through the CBD to the Market Building, in COVID-safe groups of ten, carrying symbols of our religions.
“People who regard themselves as secular are also welcome to join us.”
The town’s Anglican Church, Catholic Church and the Johannine community church have also indicated they will all take part.
And they aim to be heard with church bells to ring out during the COVID-safe event and singing in the street also likely to ensure the multi-faith event gets noticed.
“It is a multi-faith event and the hope is there will be multiple faiths represented,” Uniting Church minister, Castlemaine’s Rev Sarah Tomlinson said.
Ms Nutting says this Sunday’s event follows a mid-year Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change report that found that the 1.5 degree C cap on warming is not possible unless a five-fold increase in global Paris pledges is implemented. Read more in today’s Mail…