Extinction Rebellion Wales hold interfaith vigil ahead of mass action
July 15, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion
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Picture: Faith leaders with Extinction Rebellion in Alexandra Gardens, (left to right): Mark Bryant, (IFEES (The Islamic Foundation For Ecology And Environmental Sciences) Priestess (Pagan), Lama Lobsang Topgyal (Tibetan Buddhist Monk), Stephen Lingwood (Unitarian Church), Vishvapani (Triratna Buddhist Order), Chandrika Joshi (Hindu Priestess), Ben Misell (Quaker), Rev Sarah Jones (Church of Wales), Anne Hosking (Quaker) -Photo credit…
Max Davies Freelance Photographer (Tel- 07517 486410).
Local faith leaders from across Cardiff gathered to take part in an interfaith vigil to give their blessings to Extinction Rebellion members taking part in the Cardiff “Summer Uprising – Act Now” mass action from the 15-17th in July , which is aiming to raise awareness of the climate and ecological crises and demand that the Welsh and UK Governments take immediate action.
The interfaith vigil with the theme of: “Guardianship of the Earth: A spiritual and human response to the Environmental Emergency” took place in Alexandra Gardens in the centre of Cardiff and was attended by around 100 people. There were speakers from the Budhdist, Church of Wales, Hindu, Muslim, Pagan, Quaker, and Unitarian communities of Cardiff represented.
Stephen Lingwood, a minister in the Unitarian Church and member of Extinction Rebellion Cardiff who helped organise the vigil said, “Extinction Rebellion is for people of all faiths and none who want to create a world fit for generations to come. This interfaith vigil will be a chance to connect with our deepest values. It provided a space for different faiths and perspectives to offer their own perspectives and help every person to reflect on what motivates them to act to prevent the sixth mass extinction of species.”
He added, “Personally, my faith calls on me to love my neighbour. And that has to mean those people who are already dying in the world because of climate chaos, and the millions more who will do so in a few decades unless we act now.”
Cardiff will be transformed this week by the arrival of hundreds of concerned Extinction Rebellion members from across Wales who are determined to highlight the need for the Welsh Government to dramatically accelerate its actions in tackling the climate crisis and ecological emergency.
They will be occupying a central space in Cardiff – meeting from 9am Monday outside Cardiff National Museum. Dressed in yellow, protestors will represent dead canaries inspired by the words of Irish President Michael D Higgins, “If we were coal miners we’d be up to our knees in dead canaries”. The sixth mass extinction is here and it’s time to act now.
Notes to Editors:
More about Extinction Rebellion:
Extinction Rebellion’s top-line demands:
- Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
- The government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
- The government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
- In the UK, come to one of our events, join the Rebellion Network and let us know how you can help out.
- Start a group where you are: in the UK or around the world.
- Find your local group.
- Check out the International XR website, with links to the French, German, Italian and UK websites.
- And while your time and energy are of most importance, if you are financially able to donate money, see our crowdfunder.
About Rising Up!
Extinction Rebellion is an initiative of the Rising Up! network, which promotes a fundamental change of our political and economic system to one which maximises well-being and minimises harm. Change needs to be nurtured in a culture of reverence, gratitude and inclusion while the tools of civil disobedience and direct action are used to express our collective power.