Christians, Climate Change and Nonviolence

coal power station vigil

Saturday 15th August, 1-4pm
Quaker Meeting House, Lower Hall
119 Devonshire St, Surry Hills

Learn about:

  • Why nonviolent direct action in the tradition of Martin Luther King, Gandhi and Desmond Tutu is a legitimate response to the climate crisis
  • The spirituality and theology of nonviolent direct action (NVDA)
  • The power of NVDA
  • How to get involved in potential actions

With:

  • Justin Whelan, Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service
  • Jonathan Moylan, Rising Tide
  • Catherine Cresswell, Greenpeace
  • Anne and Ian Hodgson, climate activists

Gold coin entry

For more info contact Miriam by email or 0447 730 772

Ordinary people around the world are participating in nonviolent direct action at coal infrastructure, government offices, carbon exchanges and more. Among them are Christians, who are moved by the urgency of climate change and the failures of the political process to address it, and by a long Christian legacy of nonviolence.

“We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)

We all know that times change, and what was acceptable in one era may not be acceptable in another. You have heard of how it was once legal to own other people, how it was illegal for women to vote. Well one way or another we are going to have to stop burning coal and move on from the fossil fuel era. And that means that the law will eventually have to change and acknowledge the harm that carbon emissions do to all of us, by making them illegal. The only question is whether the law will catch up in time for there to be anything left to protect.” (Closing Statement, Drax 22)

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4 comments

  1. woo hoo! go juz! this looks awesome my friend…hope it goes really well!

  2. Dear Friend,

    I am sure it was no intention of yours to exclude anyone, and perhaps that could be clearer in your message.

  3. Justin Whelan · ·

    Hi Diane,

    You’re right about not setting out to exclude anyone! I’m not sure who you mean though – people who aren’t Christian? They are all certainly welcome but this particular event is an attempt to get more Christians – who are currently under-represented in climate change direct action – involved.

    Thankfully there’s a whole host of options for a wider audience – eg. join the Greenpeace activist network or come along to the Climate Action Camp …

  4. It was a pleasure to be at the meeting today.

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