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Date posted: 17 February 2016
Date: 31 May 2016
Place: Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court
On 30 November 2015, the first day of the Paris UN climate talks (COP21), five members of Christian Climate Action (including Operation Noah’s board member, Ruth Jarman) painted the Department of Energy and Climate Change in whitewash and renamed it the Department for Extreme Climate Change in black paint. They took this action to evoke the words of Christ (Matthew 23:27-28) and to highlight the Government’s fine words on climate change while enacting policies to worsen it.
On 31 May the five will face charges of criminal damage in Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court. Christian Climate Action are calling for supporters and well-wishers to join them in prayer outside and inside the court from 9am.
Ruth said, ‘In human terms, we are on trial for criminal damage. But we know that it should be DECC on trial for actively participating in damaging the climate on which all creation is dependent. Even if people can’t come to the court on that day, we would really appreciate their prayers for our effective witness.’
Further details are on the Christian Climate Action website.
The five were found guilty of criminal damage, and fined, but were able to make strong statements in defence of their actions.