MPs challenged over policy ethics

Buxton churches have joined in a Christian campaign to urge the UK government to go green.

On the eve of the Conservative party conference in Manchester, the Christian charities Tearfund, Christian Aid and CAFOD led 1,200 supporters in an inspiring day of campaigning and worship on the issues of climate change and global poverty.

A service, at an overflowing Manchester Cathedral, was followed by a procession and a candlelit vigil in Albert Square to pray for the Government to live up to its “Greenest Government Ever” pledge.

One of the placards carried on the procession was brought back to Buxton, where it was signed by members of Buxton Community Church, Buxton Methodist Church, The Church in the Peak, and the United Reformed Church, to speak up on behalf of those in the poorest countries in the world, who have done the least to cause climate change, yet are suffering most from its effects.

The placard was presented to High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, who was asked to ensure that the government fulfilled its responsibilities to protect the environment, and to support the world’s poorest people, who are on the front line of a changing climate.