Devon: Climate Challenge Festival at Exeter Cathedral

 A special Climate Challenge Festival take place at Exeter Cathedral this Saturday, 19 January. The day is intended to emphasise the urgency of the situation for the world's most vulnerable countries and communities. Speakers include George Gelber from CAFOD, Daleep Mukarji, Christian Aid, Mark Dowd Channel 4, and Ann Pettifor, Operation Noah. A special guest from Kenya will also give perspectives from a country where drought is already destroying lives on a large scale. The event is being organised by the new Devon Christian Climate Change Coalition, which brings together different agencies to work together on this vital topic. Co-organiser Martyn Goss, from the Council for Church & Society, said: "It is clear that the poorest countries and communities are those which are being affected first and worst, when they have made little or no contribution to the problem of carbon emissions. This therefore makes the matter one of justice as well as survival." "Hope Rising" will not only be about words. There will also be young people's activities, film, poetry, music, dance, art, market place, worship and refreshments. "Its emphasis will be on urgent action and the need to both campaign and change. We must take action now and together ensure that the earth and the poor are protected" said Simon Giarchi, CAFOD diocesan manager for Plymouth. "This event is a fantastic opportunity for churches from across the region to come together and united take action together to protect the goodness of creation and our brothers and sisters who are poor." Further information and booking forms are available from The Old Deanery, The Cloisters, Exeter, EX1 1HS. Tel: 01392 294940 e-mail: or via

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