The World Council of Churches on Thursday called on churches around the world to ring their bells 350 times during the Copenhagen climate change summit on December 13 as a call to action on global warming.
The leading council of Christian and Orthodox churches also invited places of worship for other faiths to join a symbolic “chain of chimes and prayers” stretching around the world from the international date line in the South Pacific.
“On that Sunday, midway through the UN summit, the WCC invites churches around the world to use their bells, drums, gongs or whatever their tradition offers to call people to prayer and action in the face of climate change,” the council said in a statement.
“By sounding their bells or other instruments 350 times, participating churches will symbolise the 350 parts per million that mark the safe upper limit for CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere according to many scientists,” it added.
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From the WCC website:
“Where I live, in the United States, before we had radio when somebody’s house caught on fire we rang the church bells so that everybody would know and come out to do something about it. Well, something’s on fire now”, adds McKibben, whose book The End of Nature was one of the first to explain global warming to a mainstream audience when it came out in 1989.
The only thing on fire is McKibben’s over-heated imagination. The jury is out on global warming (also see the Petition Project). Orthodox leaders ought to be more circumspect about what is increasingly becoming the promiscuous use of Orthodox moral authority.