Bells to sound the alarm on global warming

Friday December 7th 2007

Cathedrals and parish churches across Ireland will ring their bells at 2pm on Saturday, December 8 to mark the Global Day of Action on Climate Change.

The Ecological and Environmental Panel of the Church in Society Committee is urging parishes to sound their bells as a warning about global warming.  

This is the Eco-panel's contribution to an international day of protest that coincides with the Bali talks on climate change. The aim of the action is to draw the issue to the attention of local politicians and call on them to do more about it.

At 2pm the bells of churches will ring out to signal that the world must warm by no more than two degrees centigrade if mankind is to continue to live here with any level of comfort and safety.

The directions for the bell ringing are included in the latest edition of 'Greening the Church', which may be found on the Church of Ireland website at:

In Belfast there will be a gathering at St Anne’s Cathedral in Donegall Street at 1.30pm. As St Anne’s has no bells, anyone attending is asked to bring an alarm clock, mobile phone, drum or whistle to sound the alarm.

In Dublin there will be an event, starting at 1pm, at the ampitheatre at the Civic Offices. A procession will move from here to the Custom House.

The Rev David Humphries, Chairman of the Ecological and Environmental Panel, said: "Global warming isn't just an international issue, it's something we should be engaged with at the national and local level too. We want to draw the attention of our politicians to this issue. But we also want parishes to become involved. Every member of the Church of Ireland has a part to play in ensuring the sustainability of our environment."

The event in Belfast is being organised by Christian Aid, Trocaire and Friends of the Earth. In Dublin, a petition will be handed to a government representative, demanding strong political action to stop the planet burning.

If your parish is taking part in this day of action by ringing church bells at 2pm on December 8, please tell Connor Diocesan Communications Officer Karen Bushby at

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