A new reflection pack, written for WWF by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, will encourage churches and places of workshop to turn off their lights and open their doors to their communities by holding candlelit events.
Each year, cathedrals and churches across the UK take part in Earth Hour, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Salisbury Cathedral and Manchester Cathedral. To mark the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour, WWF has produced a reflection pack which will support more churches and places of worship to take part in this unique, global event.
“I’m delighted to support Earth Hour 2017,” said Revd Dr Stuart Burgess, senior Methodist church leader. “It’s critical we protect our planet for future generations - our children and grandchildren.” he said.
The pack, written for us by ARC includes: opening and closing prayers, poems, a prayer for candles, as well as meditation or conversation prompts for the hour of silence and reflection. There will be a selection of Christian texts as well as texts from different faiths. Each church or group can use whatever is most helpful to them or just provide a place of silent mediation in a sacred space.
It will also provide resources for involving children in Earth Hour, give ideas about how to plan a low carbon Lent (as Earth Hour takes place during Lent this year), and give advice and inspiration on how to Go Beyond the Hour, including encouraging a weekly day of no meat or fish and getting involved in campaigns.
“With over 170 countries around the world celebrating Earth Hour, it’s the perfect opportunity for us all to come together and take time to reflect on our amazing planet and how we can manage and protect it,” said Glyn Davies, WWF-UK’s Executive Director of Global Programmes. “That’s why we’re delighted to work with ARC to encourage churches and other places of worship throughout the country to be part of Earth Hour – whether that’s by turning the lights off or by holding a community event.”
Sign up to Earth Hour to receive the pack, and make your Earth Hour matter this year.