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Climate Service and March, London, 5th December, 2009.

  • Come to London to Stop Climate Chaos on 5th December. Wear blue or bring blue banners to join the human wave!
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is preaching at the Service.
  • The Archbishop of Westminster, the Rt Rev Vincent Nichols, will be present with other church leaders.
  • Join other Christians in a time to pray.
  • Join thousands of people in creating a Wave of blue banners as the Stop Climate Chaos march makes it's way across the Thames bridges and along the embankment opposite the Houses of Parliament.

What: Ecumenical service, with the Archbishop of Canterbury , followed by 'The Wave' -- a fun and peaceful march around the Thames .

Where: Service at Westminster Methodist Central Hall. We recommend you get there by 10.30am .

When : Service at 11am , The Wave March departs from Grosvenor Square at 1pm and will pass through Trafalgar Square at about 2.15pm .

Who: You - and your friends, families and a coach party from your church!

Joining 'The Wave' after the service ends at 12 noon - Look for the CEL banner!


Option 1: Maximum Marching

Walk to Brooke Street , just off Grosvenor Square where you can form-up and march together with other Christian groups. This walk takes up to 50 mins. You can also reach Brooke Street and be ready to join the start of the march by taking the Jubilee Line from Westminster station to Bond Street as soon as the services ends. This will take 4 minutes on the Jubilee line and about 25 mins in total. Look for the CEL banner at Brooke Street .


Option 2: Halfway House

Look for a CEL banner outside Central Hall at 1.30pm . Walk to Cockspur Street and join the march as it goes through Trafalgar Square . It takes about 30 mins to reach Cockspur Street from Methodist Central Hall and the march would be coming past at about 2.15pm . You are welcome to stay in Methodist Central Hall until 1.30pm - call at the CEL stall outside the main hall, or head to the basement cafe. Please walk in small informal groups to Cockspur Street where you will be greeted by a Stop Climate Chaos steward who will 'filter' you in as the march passes.


Option 3: Keeping Warm and Dry

Stay at Methodist Central Hall until 2.30pm when a Stop Climate Chaos steward will lead you out to join the encirclement of parliament for the 3pm 'Blue Wave'.


Activities for Children at Westminster Central Hall from 10am to 1pm

CAFOD's children and young people's activities will take place on the day of the Wave. They will be holding these activities in the foyer of Westminster Central Hall from 10am , and will join the march at 1pm .

They are encouraging children and young people from ages 5 - 16 years to join in exploring issues of climate change. From playing a climate change board game, getting involved in a climate justice graffiti wall, to exploring environmental issues on KidzZone and Planet Pulse online, to even being featured on film telling the world how they want it to look in 2050 and what we need to do to make this happen. There will also be the opportunity for blue hand and face painting and designing hand placard and banners from recyclable materials, plenty of ways to find out why campaigning for climate justice matters and how we can do it. 

They have planned it as a sort of marketplace activity area so that children and young people can drop in and out of the activities.  

(Please note that parents/responsible adults MUST accompany their children if they want to take part. Cafod are not able to act as 'loco parentis' during the activity sessions.)


Alternative Option if you arrive too late to get in to the Service

If you don't manage to get in to Central Hall go to St Martin's-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square where between 11.00-12.00 there will be a time of quiet prayer and reflection for the Copenhagen Summit and the chance to visit the powerful Hard Rain Exhibition which St. Martin's is mounting on the railings of their courtyard and throughout their downstairs foyer. Hard Rain, by Mark Edwards, is a photographic elegy and an impassioned and moving cry for change. Climate change, habitat loss, human rights. Hard Rain explores the issues that are defining the 21 st century.


Stop Climate Chaos: CEL is joining with more than 100 organisations who form the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition to organize the March in Dec ember.

Back to Copenhagen page. Download flyer for service and march.


ACTION: Come to the Wave


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