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Ring Your Church Bells Sunday December 13th – Send a Message to Copenhagen!

December 3rd, 2009

204741805_5cbedcbcdaInternational climate change talks are set to start in Copenhagen on December 7th, and the Earth’s future is at stake. It’s time for us to do everything we can to ensure that the world community emerges from Copenhagen with a just, binding, science-based climate treaty.

Caritas Internationalis and the World Council of Churches are calling on Christians around the world to ring our church bells on Sunday, December 13th to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the globe who already are experiencing the devastating effects of climate change.

RING YOUR BELLS!

Want to organize an action? Download a flyer for distribution in your church this Sunday.

Christians will be ringing their church bells 350 times for climate justice on Sunday December 13, 2009 at 3:00pm (your local time zone).

Sunday December 13 is a day of action for churches around the world. A global bell ringing action is timed to coincide with an ecumenical service that the World Council of Churches is coordinating at the height of the talks in Copenhagen. When it ends at 3:00 pm, churches all over Denmark will ring their bells.

If churches around the world ring their bells at 3:00 pm local time, we’ll have a 24 hour chain of bells!

Can’t manage at 3:00?

  • How about when church ends?
  • That way your entire church community can be involved!

Why church bells?

  • Because for thousands of years, they’ve been used to warn people of imminent danger … and also to call people to action.

Got no bells?

  • Gather outside with pots and pans, cowbells, whatever you have that can make a holy racket!

Why 350 times?

  • Because according to climate experts, 350 parts per million (ppm) is the upper limit for carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in our atmosphere. Until about 200 years ago, our atmosphere contained 275 ppm of CO2, but now the concentration stands at 390 ppm. Unless we are able to reduce this rapidly, we risk irreversible impacts on all of Creation.

350 a little too much noise for your neighborhood?

  • Try 35!

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