THE bells will ring at Durham Cathedral this evening on the eve of COP26, as world leaders discuss climate change.
Durham is one of a number of Anglican places of worship joining the Ring Out for Climate initiative, as of 6 p.m. today.
It marks support for the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, which will take place from tomorrow to 12 November.
The bells have traditionally been rung to mark important moments, both in times of celebration and as a warning of impending danger, with ringtones across the country supporting the gesture.
The Dean of Durham, The Right Reverend Andrew Tremlett, said the planet was on the brink of a “real climate emergency” and described the ringing as “a bugle call” ahead of COP26.
He added: “Without sustained action to reduce carbon emissions, the effects will be cumulative and irreversible over the course of our own lifetimes. ”
Edward Gildea, the adventurer and environmentalist, member of St Mary’s Church, in Saffron Walden, Essex, proposed the idea as a sharp warning of the danger of the climate emergency.
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