Retired ranger, Anne Litherland, from Wirral, is giving up some of her time during Lent for a 10-day climate justice prayer vigil outside the Houses of Parliament.
The event – which will run around-the-clock from February 14-24 – has been organised by a coalition of charities including A Rocha UK, Christian Aid, CAFOD, Christian Climate Action, Green Christian, Operation Noah, the Salvation Army and Tearfund.
Starting on Ash Wednesday, Anne, from Wallasey, will be joining others taking part in the vigil at Westminster, as well as in their homes and churches.
Anne, who is planning to take part twice, said, “I feel very strongly climate justice is something we should all be taking action on, and none more so than those with the power to create worldwide change and bring justice for our global neighbours, so I’m ready to travel to Parliament to do so.
“People in the world’s poorest countries have done nothing to contribute to the climate crisis and yet are paying the harshest price. We need bold action now – we need the Government to make the UK’s biggest polluters pay for climate action; deliver and build on the UK’s international climate finance pledges as well as pay into the UN’s Loss & Damage Fund; and ban new UK-based fossil fuel projects.”
People will be holding vigil and praying 24 hours a day for 10 days outside Parliament to highlight the call for politicians to Make Polluters Pay. Those praying at church are also encouraged to invite their MP to a meeting or service.
Anyone who wants to take part can register for a slot at Westminster: 24-7 Prayer International – Sign-Up
You can find out more and get the resources to take part here: NFIFF Lent Vigil for Climate Justice – Christian Aid
Image: Anne Litherland (R) with another parishioner, Claire, doing the MP vigil outside Angela Eagle’s office in November