“What’s next?” Bishop Steven calls for action to avert a climate catastrophe

What are the Government’s next priorities if the UK is to reach net zero carbon by 2050? That was the question raised by the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, the Bishop of Oxford, in the House of Lords yesterday. He spoke after thousands of people from across the UK converged on the banks of the Thames for The Time Is Now mass climate lobby.

“It’s been a real privilege today… to spend time with some of the 16,000 people, many of them young, representing all faiths and none, who have come to say to Parliament the time is now on climate change,” said Bishop Steven. Watch him speak here.

Before the lobby, Bishop Steven had joined faith leaders and hundreds of people from a variety of faith groups, in a walk of witness from Trafalgar Square to Church House Westminster. Among those who took part were the Archdeacon of Berkshire, the Ven. Olivia Graham, and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. Earlier that morning, Archdeacon Olivia was interviewed by Andrew Peach on BBC Radio Berkshire.

Bishop Steven had earlier urged Christians in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes to join the lobby, as he called for everyone to act now or face ‘catastrophic’ climate consequences.

The lobby came just days after Bishop Steven spoke in the House of Lords, as part of a debate on proposals by Baron John Bird on protecting the interests of future generations. Bishop Steven said: “…the two biblical images of hell are a burning planet too hot to sustain life and a rubbish dump. We are in danger of bequeathing both to our children and grandchildren.”

Bishop Steven’s calls for the Church and the Government to act on climate change attracted media attention, with a report in last week’s Church Times and interviews broadcast by BBC Radio Oxford and BBC Radio Berkshire yesterday.

Read more of Bishop Steven’s reflections on climate change on his blog

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