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Join us at the Lent Vigil for Climate Justice

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Date posted: 11 January 2024

No Faith in Fossil Fuels Vigil
Westminster, London
14–24 February 2024 (the vigil will run 24/7, around the clock)

Starting on Ash Wednesday (14 February), Christians will gather in Central London outside the Houses of Parliament for the first 10 days of Lent as part of a 24/7 prayer vigil for climate justice. We will pray for creation, for our global neighbours, for our government and for change.

Locating our vigil in Westminster – home of the UK Parliament – we will bear witness to the impacts of the climate crisis and pray for the UK Government to take bolder climate action.

Sign up here to pray for an hour or a day – or join Operation Noah as we pray on Wednesday 21 February at 3pm and on Saturday 24 February at 10am.

As the climate crisis wreaks havoc in our world, we are drawn to our most ancient of traditions – prayer. We have faith that our prayers are heard and can bring transformation, even in the midst of injustice. Lent offers us space to lament the failure of our politicians to address the climate and nature crises. It also offers space for the hope of change as we approach the resurrection of Easter Sunday – hope for climate justice.

Who can attend the vigil?

The vigil is for everyone, regardless of religious practice, but will formally begin with an interdenominational Christian service at St John’s Waterloo at 12 Noon on Ash Wednesday, concluding with a service close to Downing Street at 2pm on Saturday 24 February, ten days later. 

We will also host a multi-faith gathering of mutual solidarity and respect on the middle weekend of the vigil.

The vigil is being organised by Operation Noah, Christian Aid, Tearfund, CAFOD, Green Christian, Christian Climate Action, A Rocha and the Salvation Army, and offers the opportunity for faith groups and individuals to participate in something that is both prayerful and prophetic.

Got more questions?

  • Zoom: If you have any questions, you can join either of our Q&A Zoom meetings, which are taking place on the 24 January and 30 January, from 6pm to 7pm. Click here to register.
  • Guides and Resources: We also have participant info and prayer resources available. Prayer resources, templates for social media, and a template email invitation to your MP are coming soon. Click here see the vigil participant pack.

What are we asking for?

We believe that the UK government has a historic and current responsibility to take bold climate action due to Britain being one of the world’s largest historical emitters of carbon. At COP28, while we celebrated the Loss and Damage Fund becoming operational with support pledged for climate vulnerable countries, the UK’s financial commitments were well below what is possible, and came from existing climate funds. Meanwhile UK-based fossil fuel companies are raking in billions of pounds a year.

As we vigil, as we pray, we call on the UK Government to:

  • Make the UK’s biggest polluters pay for climate action.  
  • Deliver and build on the UK’s international climate finance pledges and pay into the UN’s Loss and Damage Fund.  
  • Ban new UK-based fossil fuel projects.   

Which organisations are supporting the vigil?

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