Preparation for COP26

Our planet is seriously ill and we can feel the pain. We have been reminded of the many ways in which the future health of the Earth is under threat as a result of our selfishness, ignorance and greed. Our Earth needs attention, respect, love, care and prayer. Quaker faith and practice 25.02 (part)

Quaker concern for the Earth and well-being and all who live in it are not new. It is deeply rooted in our faith. We affirmed our commitment to act as a faith community in 2011 with a document called the ‘Canterbury Commitment’.

It is recognised that the environmental crisis is enmeshed with global economic injustice and that tackling inequality is central to taking action on climate change. The ‘Canterbury Commitment’ also makes clear that for Quakers this is a spiritual task.

The UK will host the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, in Glasgow from 1 – 12 November, 2021. The aim is to bring together world leaders to commit to urgent global climate action.

Leicester Quakers are using our Meeting House as a place where we can make known our love for the sacred earth in the face of the threat posed by the climate emergency.

We have been trying to raise awareness of the climate crisis in preparation for COP26 in November.

Over the last few months, we have organised several displays in our Meeting house library window that can be seen by passers-by.

We have contacted other local faith and community groups and encouraged them to send us photos and pictures to include in the displays.

One of the displays was around the Butterfly effect….. “small actions can have a big impact.”

We have participated in “No Mow May” allowing the grass in our Meeting House garden to grow long in order to encourage wildlife. This lead to a lovely bug hunt afternoon for the children and their parents.

We have joined the postcard to Boris Christian Aid campaign, in the weeks before the G7 summit in June.

We hope to organise more activities over the next few months. We will

post regular information on this page about our plans