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Karakia for our climate: Vigils for COP26

Jordan Redding —

Karakia For Our Climate is an ecumenical group of young Christians organising nationwide prayer events in support of strong climate action, including an in-person event at Knox Church, Dunedin, on 12 November. We now have some words you can put in your pew sheets.

We are just under a month away from the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, known as COP26. COP26 is a meeting of world leaders, scientists and climate activists from the 1st to the 12th of November 2021 to drive ambition and action towards climate change. Attached to this article is a poster you can display in your church/faith community and words follow that you can place in your pew sheets:

Karakia for our Climate. Join with others all around the motu in praying for our climate during this year’s UN climate change conference in Glasgow (COP26). The conference runs from 31 Oct - 12 November. At 8pm on Sunday 31 October, a nationwide service of karakia will be held on Zoom. A livestreamed daily devotion will then happen at 8pm on facebook every day during the conference. There will be a closing vigil in main centres around the country on Friday 12 November (there is one at 5:30pm in Dunedin at Knox Church). To find out more, go to: https://www.ecochurch.org.nz/karakia-for-our-climate .

You are invited to join us in karakia (prayer) for our climate throughout COP26, from 31st October - 12th November for a series of online and in-person vigils.

COP26 is a crucial meeting. Scientists have told us that the window to limit the global impacts of climate change is rapidly closing. Some of the impacts such as sea level rise are already locked in for decades to come. These will impact us all, and especially low lying nations, disadvantaged groups in our communities and future generations.

This meeting is a call for Christians across Aotearoa New Zealand to pray for climate action. We are holding prayer vigils to pray for our global leaders to increase their ambition and commitment towards securing global net zero emissions by 2050 and keeping to 1.5C degrees of warming.

Join us as we pray for our global leaders, for climate justice, for humanity; for God’s creation.

The prayer vigils will wrap around COP26. There will be online prayer at the beginning and during:

  • Nationwide Zoom karakia: 8pm, Sunday 31st October (Zoom link to be shared closer to the time only with those who REGISTER)
  • Daily online prayer viaFacebook Live: 8pm every day from 1st November - 11th November

... and an in-person vigil for the closing of COP at 12th of November, in: Dunedin/Ōtepoti: 5:30pm at Knox Church, Dunedin

If you’d like to organise a public local vigil event please be in touch with us at: karakiaforourclimate@gmail.com

By coming together - whether online or in-person - we can feel more connected as we intercede for a better future.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Jordan and the Karakia for our Climate team.


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