News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Jane Barlow/PA Wire
UK News

Christian Aid calls climate strikes a 'prophetic movement'

by Tola Mbakwe

Christian Aid's youth and campaigns manager, Richard Baker, said: "The youth climate strikes have been nothing short of prophetic.

"One seemingly defiant act of protest by a 16-year-old girl in Sweden has grown into a thundering movement for change that is sweeping the globe.

"The climate strikers are pointing the way, it's now time world leaders and big business take heed and take action."

The statement comes ahead of a climate action summit in New York convened by the UN secretary general on Monday to urge countries to up their climate effort.

Baker added: "This week at the crucial summit in New York we need to see countries making new pledges to cut their emissions and stronger commitments to help the poorest communities already suffering from the climate crisis."

Meanwhile, Extinction Rebellion protesters gathered on Dover seafront to "blockade" the busy port on Saturday.

Two major roads out of the port are expected to be blocked for four hours, the environmental group has said.

The group said it's point out the vulnerability of the UK's food supply in the face of a climate emergency.

The "No Food on a Dying Planet" action at the Kent port is expected to be mirrored across the Channel by other Extinction Rebellion groups.

Rev Helen Burnett, curate at St Luke's Church in Whyteleafe, Surrey, took part in the protest and told Sky News action against global warming needs to happen immediately.

"We have a finite plant, we have finite resources and we can't continue to take those resources away and not replenish them and not regenerate them," she said.

An Extinction Rebellion spokesman said the group has assessed that the four-hour blockade between 11am and 3pm "will not cause any disruption to vital supplies" such as medicine.

Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £5 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £5 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.