Young Christians With A Hunger for Justice

by Gerry Lynch last modified 20 Oct, 2014 05:03 PM

Wiltshire teen organises event to quiz MP on climate change as part of Christian Aid campaign.

Young Christians With A Hunger for Justice

L to r: The Rt Revd Edward Condry, Bishop of Ramsbury; John Glen MP; Josh Perry; the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury.

A Wiltshire teenager has organised an event where churchgoers and others asked an MP to put climate change high on his agenda.

15 year-old Josh Perry set up the event with John Glen MP at Middle Woodford Village Hall in support of Christian Aid’s Hunger for Justice campaign, which encourages churchgoers and others to lobby to make climate change a political priority in the UK.

Josh said, “Mine is the generation that is going to have to live with climate change and deal with it, and we need to get on with solving the problem. The issue is urgent. Climate change is often talked about as something that is going to happen in the future, but it’s happening now in the Pacific.

“My Mum has a friend who is a Solomon Islander and she e-mailed us about the event, saying, “We need help, and we need it now, and any pressure you can apply on politicians is appreciated.”

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, attended the event and said:

“It’s important that the event was organised by a teenager. Young people have a tremendous sense of care for the environment, locally and globally. The Christian faith teaches us that the world is not ours to do with as we please, but God’s for us to look after.

“I’d like to thank John Glen for being willing to engage with the issues as a local MP. I was encouraged by the way he was so clear that man made climate change is one of the greatest threats this country and the whole world faces.

“Mostly, it’s the poorest in the world who are already most affected by climate change, which is why Christian Aid are involved. For example, on the Pacific islands, sea levels are rising which is already causing erosion and poisoning farm land with salt water.

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“I’m calling on churchgoers to do three things on climate change. Firstly, to pray to God, talk with others and inform their conscience about the issue. Secondly, to think about what they can do as individuals. Thirdly, but perhaps most importantly, to pray for those most affected by climate change, especially in the poorest parts of the world.

“One concrete step that people of any faith can take now is to sign the Anglican Alliance’s petition calling for climate change to put on the agenda of next month’s G20 summit of the world’s most powerful countries in Brisbane. So far, the Australian government is refusing to do so, although their Pacific neighbours are some of the countries most at risk from climate change-related devastation.”

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The Anglican Alliance’s Oceans of Justice campaign calls on the Australian government to put climate change on the agenda of next month’s G20 summit in Brisbane. Please consider signing the petition here

More information on Christian Aid’s Hunger for Justice campaign can be found at via the organisations website.

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