By Urmala Jassal
Members of the West Midlands faith, arts and political community went online to celebrate climate action and mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day 2020.
Earth Day, held this week (22 April), is a global movement for environmental change which aims to encourage sustainability as part of the international climate lobby.
Activities and planned gatherings to mark the event locally were moved online enabling people to observe social distancing guidelines during the Covid – 19 lockdown.
A spokesman for Birmingham-based charity Footsteps – Faiths for a Low Carbon Future – one of the programme organisers, said the event had been a huge success.
“Rather than cancelling the Footsteps face to face activities planned for Earth Day 2020, people participated in our online Earth Day programme: strengthening our spirit and enabling cities to take the lead.”
Ginnie Wollaston, Co-Director of Stourbridge-based Moving Souls Dance,
Co – curated the artistic programme, said: “We must not stop putting climate action on the agenda.”
“Birmingham being one of the youngest cities in the world, the young people are going to have to deal with what is happening to the planet and are crying out to be heard.”
“We need to use heart, mind, humour and tears as a way of trying to raise the issues and not just a political sledgehammer.”
Among those who took part in the event’s faith conference were Birmingham Rabbi Margaret Jacobi, former mayor of Geneva Remy Pagani and The Choir with No Name.
Organisers are hoping to continue holding monthly online webinars about climate action. For more information contact www.footstepsbcf.org.uk