ICC (International Church of Copenhagen) joined with St Alban's Church and members of other Green Churches in the National Council of Churches in Denmark to pray for the protection of God's creation and to become more conscious of our role in its stewardship.
About 40 people participated in the climate justice pilgrimage on Kalvebod Fælled on Saturday 13 September. At the onset, a light rain sprinkled on the participants, but as we walked on, the sun and the wind accompanied us on a walk through grass areas, up on a little 'bump', where prayers were said to the four corners. Onwards through through forest and a field of cows, the participants walked and ended the 'walk and worship' in the large wooden playground ship by Naturcenter Vestamager. Throughout the walk, reflections and prayers were offered to center us on the beauty of nature and our connectedness to it. Also the reality of climate change and our responsibility for taking better care of the earth was part of the reflections.
The pilgrimage was a part of the Danish climate justice pilgrimage campaign (klimapilgrim.dk) and one of many walks beginning in Svalbard in the way north of Norway, down through Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The walks continue in the coming weeks through Germany and are headed towards Paris, where the UN Climate Summit will meet later this year to negotiate a new climate agreement. On all of these walks, a bottle of water has been carried and each place has filled a little water into the bottle. The bottle accompanied us on the walk and the participants ended the walk by sprinkling the water gathered from the many walks on each other as a blessing for taking better care of the earth.
The pilgrimage supported the Act Now for Climate Justice Campaign.
To support the campaign for a just climate agreement, sign on to the petition here: actclimate.org
Pictures Bev Lloyd-Roberts