Ring 350

Let the Bells Ring 350 times for Climate Justice!

(From the World Council of Churches website)

Since immemorial times in cultures across the world musical instruments like bells, gongs and drums have been used to warn people of imminent danger – but also to call people to religious service, marking important moments in worship and seeking to connect to God.

Sunday, December 13, at 3:00pm, marks the height of the talks at United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark. Marking the end of a high profile ecumenical celebration at the Lutheran Cathedral in Copenhagen, the churches in Denmark will ring their bells and Christians around the world are invited to echo them by sounding their own bells, drums, gongs, etc. 350 times.

We envisage a chain of chimes and prayers stretching in a time-line from the Fiji Islands in the South Pacific – where the day first begins and where the effects of climate change are already felt today – to northern Europe and across the Atlantic to North America.

Why 350 times? . . .  This refers to 350 parts per million(ppm), the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere according to many scientists, climate experts and progressive national governments. For all of human history until about 200 years ago, our atmosphere contained 275 ppm of CO2, but now the concentration stands at almost 390 ppm. Unless we are able to rapidly reduce CO2 levels, we risk reaching tipping points and irreversible impacts such as the melting of the Greenland ice sheet and major methane releases from increased permafrost melt.

The Quebec City Guild of Change Ringers will be ringing the bells at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity 350 times starting at 3:00pm on Sunday, December 13. How can your church or group join in? Please visit the web site of the World Council of Churches at   www.bellringing350.org   for more information.