News release from Footsteps (Faiths for a Low Carbon Future) - brings together faith groups in Birmingham to respond to the challenge of moving to a low carbon future.

Coming together in difficult times

This year, Wednesday 22 April marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and the founding of a world-wide environmental movement. 

Some months ago, climate action was chosen as its main theme as this represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

But Wednesday 22 April will now also be the moment in time when our cities are in the grips of a global COVID-19 virus pandemic with serious health, economic and community implications. 

Footsteps’ face-to-face gathering and carnival through Birmingham has had to be cancelled. Planned workshops have been postponed to later in the year.

We now invite you to gather together online with Footsteps.

Footsteps Earth Day Programme (via Zoom)
Wednesday 22 April - beginning at 10am, 2pm & 7pm

We’ll be sharing prepared contributions on caring for the Earth and for each other: through faith reflections, creative responses and practical actions cities are taking.  There will be opportunities for participants to make contributions before, during and after the online conference.

Strengthening our Spirit
Shared faith, creative and musical contributions, including:
• Birmingham Faith & Civic Leaders
• Guided meditation
• The Choir with No Name
• Beatfreaks poets
• JaiJagat 2020 (a global campaign for Justice and Peace)

There will be opportunities to share your own faith reflections.

Cities Taking the Lead
How cities are tackling climate change: we will be exploring how Birmingham and other cities are taking the lead in addressing climate change and reflecting on what we are learning from the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Contributions including:

• Birmingham Climate Emergency Declaration
• Mike Berners-Lee (author of There is No Planet B and How Bad are Bananas?)
• Remy Pagani (Cabinet Member Geneva City Council, former Mayor of Geneva)
• Tiffany Lam (New Economics Foundation)
• Sustrans & the Brum Breathes campaign
• Climate Action Network West Midlands (CANWM)
• Young Climate Activists

There will be opportunities to share online responses to the speakers and how your own cities are responding. 

Image: ‘Floella’s Future’ flower display by Birmingham City Council: highlighting the need for action on climate change, at the Chelsea Flower Show 2019.