Bells to chime in awareness of change

Tari JeffersSouth Western Times
St Boniface Cathedral Dean Darryl Cotton wants to use a worldwide initiative to urge people to reduce the resources they consume to combat climate change.
Camera IconSt Boniface Cathedral Dean Darryl Cotton wants to use a worldwide initiative to urge people to reduce the resources they consume to combat climate change. Credit: Tari Jeffers

The St Boniface Cathedral community has joined an international movement to combat climate damage.

Dean Darryl Cotton said Earth Overshoot Day on Monday was about raising awareness of the need to reduce the amount of natural and man made resources people consumed.

He said according to information from the 2019 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, there was only 12 years to avoid catastrophic damage, because it took 1.7 years for the earth to regenerate the resources people used in a month.

On Monday at 11.48am, churches across the world will toll the bells to raise awareness of the movement.

“As Christians, we want to mark this event to raise it in the public consciousness and create a call for transformation,” Dean Cotton said.

While St Boniface Cathedral has no bells to ring, Dean Cotton said the church wanted to do its part by calling on parishioners and citizens to examine ways in which they lived their lives.

He added that with enough focus on reducing waste, the catastrophic climate danger could be avoided or at least pushed back past 12 years.

Dean Cotton said the bells were ringing at “12 to 12” to raise awareness of the 12 years until there is catastrophic damage to the environment.

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