By Lindsay Caplen

In years to come, we want the UK church to look back on 2021 and say “we did not sit at home while unjust decisions were made on our doorstep, we set sail towards a just future”. – YCCN (Young Christians Climate Network.)

This is why YCCN organised a relay to Glasgow to arrive in time for COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021.  Their intention is both to raise awareness within the church and to show that God’s people really do care about climate justice and creation care. They long to see systematic change on a global and a local scale and hope that it will highlight our imperative as Christians to engage in creation care theology, individually and corporately. 

On July 12th I joined the Nailsea to Bristol leg of the relay to represent Webnet. It was a mixed bunch varying in age from 16 to 70ish, made up of clergy, students, local politicians, climate activists and keen walkers.

I had some really interesting conversations about God, climate, church planting, pioneering, packaging, politics and giraffes! 

If you want to find out more about the route or about YCCN, go to their website on YCCN https://www.yccn.uk