Churches across the country are planning to ring their bells on the eve of COP26, the meeting of leaders to discuss climate change.
Bells have traditionally been rung to mark significant moments, both in times of celebration, such as victory in war, and as a warning of impending danger, such as invasion.
A number of Church of England churches will be among those joining in the Ring Out for Climate initiative at 18:00 on Saturday 30th October. The United Nations Climate Change conference takes place in Glasgow between October 31 and November 12.
The idea was devised by Edward Gildea, the adventurer and environmentalist, who is a member of St Mary’s church in Saffron Walden, Essex, as a vivid warning of the danger from the climate emergency.
The Bishop of Norwich, Graham Usher, the Church of England’s Lead Bishop for the Environment, said:
Bell ringers across the country are supporting the initiative.
Simon Linford, President of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, commented: