Time is Now

Protesters gathered to lobby Westminster over climate change with the Time is Now group reporting 15,000 people from a broad coalition of organisations, charities, NGOs and individuals, including surfers and nuns attending the demonstration.

The protesters urged MPs to support measures that end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2045, and were backed by several major charities, including Christian Aid.

Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, chair of Christian Aid, said: “Fewer and fewer people now doubt the urgency of our climate crisis, and a younger generation is showing us the way in resisting cynicism and passivity about this. It is imperative for people of faith to stand up and be counted – as witnesses to the sacredness of the world gifted to us by God, and as advocates in the cause of justice for all whose lives and livelihood will be most damaged by severe and unpredictable changes in climate.”

He was joined by the Rt Revd John Arnold, Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford, Rabbi Jonathan Wittenburg, leader of Masorti Judaism in the UK, Imam Qari Asim MBE, chair of the Mosques, Paul Parker, recording clerk for Quakers in Britain and Imams Advisory Board and Juliet Hackney, chair of the Network of Buddhist Organisations.

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