Lindfield man to join thousands at mass climate march in Paris

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Guy Rowland from Lindfield will join thousands of others to show their commitment for people around the world who are affected by the changing climate.

Guy is travelling to Paris with a group organised by Tearfund, and will be calling on world leaders to agree a fair, ambitious and binding deal at the United Nations Climate Change Conference at the beginning of December.

Whilst in Paris, they will hand in campaign petitions to Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on November 28, before joining a mass climate march in Paris on November 29.

Guy and his wife are supporters of Tearfund, a Christian international relief and development agency, working through local churches and partners to alleviate poverty.

Guy from All Saints Church Lindfield said: “These climate talks are crucial. People living in extreme poverty need a binding agreement from world leaders, to enable them to cope with the devastating effects of the climate change they already face, and to prevent matters from getting worse. In the bible we read: ‘Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy’ (Proverbs 31:8-9). This is my way of doing this.”

Paul Cook, Tearfund’s Advocacy Director said:“At Tearfund we help the world’s most vulnerable, and see all too frequently how a simple change in a weather pattern, like rainfall coming late, can send people into abject poverty, destroying their livelihoods, homes and families.

“Climate change is real and it is here now. In Paris we want to see a global deal, with leaders agreeing both immediate actions to tackle this threat and a long term plan to reduce carbon emissions by 2020.”

Tearfund is also encouraging people to come along to one of the climate marches happening in cities across the UK, on the weekend of November 28 and 29. For more information visit www.tearfund.org/paris

Report contributed by Guy Rowland.