A refuge for Climate-Change protestors at St John’s

Published on Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:25

St John’s made headlines over the Easter weekend for playing a pivotal role in Extinction Rebellion, the protest against climate change in central London. 

The church offered its facilities to protestors throughout the week; travelling demonstrators gathered in the churchyard, unrolled their sleeping bags in the Crypt, or queued up for the toilets. Canon Giles Goddard, vicar of St John’s Waterloo and co-founder of Faith For Climate, the interfaith environmental action group, said: “St John’s was delighted to open its doors, as we have been fully engaged in alerting people to the dangers of climate change for many years.”

"Thank you so much, truly must be the work of Christ to provide water shelter and comfort for something so important. XR could not have done this without you." wrote one protestor in a thank you to St John's.

The story was covered in The Times (subscription required for full story) and by the World Council of Churches. Listen to Canon Giles Goddard on BBC Radio 4 (50 seconds in ). Read Giles Goddard’s blog on St John's support for Extinction Rebellion.

Above: Giles Goddard with Rowan Williams

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