21.5 C
Byron Shire
December 3, 2021

Church bells ring for climate action

Latest News

Accusations of false dam claims in Cr Cadwallader’s mayoral campaign

Ballina Shire Council candidates against the idea of a new dam in Byron’s hinterland are accusing fellow candidate Sharon Cadwallader of false claims in her electoral campaign.

Other News

Byron candidates 2021 Q&A part 2

Buckle in, seats upright, and loosen the belt!  It’s time to see what candidates have to say – in full...

Ballina Council agrees to consider tighter holiday let policy

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to investigate options for restricting short-term rental accommodation.

Funding for Rural Landholder projects in 2022

The closing date for applications to join the Rural Landholder Initiative project is looming and rural property owners are...

NSW public schools to strike December 7 

The president of the NSW Teachers Federation announced on Saturday morning that NSW public school teachers and principals will go on strike one day next week.

Response to Ian Cohen and Paul Jones

I am proud to be running as Labor’s mayoral candidate for Byron Shire, with a great team that comes...

Wilsons River flood peak and flooding not expected for Tweed, Rouse, Brunswick River catchments

The prediction provided by the Bureau of Meteorology expects that locals around the Wilsons River at Lismore will see the river peak this afternoon at 4.20m. However, ‘Flooding is no longer expected in the Tweed, Rouse, Brunswick River catchments.

Reverend Rosie Wynter, Community Priest for Byron Shire Anglican Parish, tolling the bell for Climate Awareness at Byron’s St Paul’s Church. Photo Jeff ‘Hells Bells’ Dawson.

With COP26 just around the corner (and across an ocean or two) everybody is trying to get their climate action message across in the best way they know how.

The Anglican Parish of Byron rang their bells as a wake-up call for the cause for 10 minutes on Saturday at their three main churches: All Soul’s Bangalow, St Paul’s Byron Bay, and St Martin’s Mullumbimby.

Anne Wareing from Anglican Parish of Byron says, ‘We mostly associate church bells with the call to worship, weddings and very special national celebrations. But they also have another historic function: to ring out warnings’.

A time of real national crisis

‘Here at The Anglican Parish of Byron, we believe that this is a time of real national crisis, and so on Saturday, October 30 at 6pm, we rang our bells to warn the people of Byron Shire of the threat we face.

‘The IPCC report has stated unequivocally that the extreme weather events, which have swept the globe, are the consequence of man-made climate change. The UN Secretary General has signalled “Code Red for Humanity”, which he would not do lightly.

‘Our planet has given us warning after warning, through floods, wildfires, droughts, heat domes and hurricanes, that we have profoundly affected the balance of the planet and are making it increasingly hostile to humankind.

‘There can no longer be any doubt that humanity is now in mortal danger… and on a global scale.

‘Here in the Byron Shire the extreme weather events have affected our Community, but as Christians, we are also concerned with the millions around the world who are being profoundly affected: the poor who have contributed the least to the problem.

‘We need our political leaders to take the courageous and, if necessary, selfless actions that times of extreme emergency require’.

‘The nations of the global south are already suffering the severest effects of drought, crop failures, hurricanes and cyclones. But the poor in this country will also be the first to suffer from rising food prices, heat exhaustion or the inability to insure their homes and businesses against floods.

On Monday, in Glasgow, the UK is hosting the 26th International Conference to address the Climate Crisis. So far, those conferences have failed to slow the rate of greenhouse gas emissions, allowing us to continue the path of self-destruction.

‘We need our political leaders to take the courageous and, if necessary, selfless actions that times of extreme emergency require’.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Minor flooding may occur Friday morning at Coraki and Bungawalbyn

Heavy rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday have caused river level rises along the Richmond and Wilsons Rivers with the Wilsons River peaking overnight and the...

Lismore saw one new case of COVID-19

A new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Lismore in the 24 hours to 8pm 30 November.

Want to make your own nest box and help with bushfire recovery on Friday?

Conservation Volunteers Australia are running a nest-building workshop in one of Australia’s most biodiverse hotspots, the Nightcap Range, ‘to create homes and hope for wildlife’.

Storylines – An escape from reality

I am a teacher. I teach at University Canberra, on Ngunnawal country, in ACT. This university went into ‘Lockdown’ about four months ago. We were...