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2:10 PM 10th June 2021
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There Is No Planet B

Hundreds of young Christians are to lead a pilgrimage which spans most of the length of the country – from the G7 to COP26.

Marching from Cornwall to Glasgow, the pilgrims will call on world leaders to address the Climate Emergency.

The Young Christian Climate Network has organised a relay route where young activists will each complete a stage. Instead of a physical baton, each relay group will carry the same message of crucial action needed to reverse climate change.

The relay will move from Truro Cathedral, near to where the G7 are meeting, to Glasgow where COP26 will be begin on October 31.

World leaders will be meeting in both places and young Christians are hoping nations will take tangible steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The relay is expected to see a number of young people opting to do small walks or cycle rides between the stopping points.

Rachel Mander, a young Christian and the relay co-leader, said:
“We stand in solidarity with people and places that are being plunged into debt and poverty because of climate change.

“More carbon emissions mean more disease, more food insecurity and more poverty.

“We will not let the UK government host summits on our doorstep only to hear more talk and no action.”

Volunteers are encouraged to sign-up to support walkers, cyclists, and other pilgrims as the relay passes their diocese – a full list of the route can be found below.

Launching in Truro Cathedral, the relay will begin after a service of blessing led by Bishop Hugh Nelson.

A replica boat which displays messages from young people around the world will be placed outside Truro Cathedral following the service.

Truro recently launched an initiative which encouraged young people to sing to world leaders, asking for them to tackle the climate emergency.

The Sing2G7 initiative - featuring a song written by Sir Tim Rice and Peter Hobbs has garnered thousands of views and participation from across the world.



Parishioners, clergy, and bishops are supporting efforts for the world leaders to tackle the climate emergency.

The route goes through several Church of England Dioceses on the route to Glasgow:

Truro Diocese 13-23 June
Exeter Diocese 24 June-6 July
Bath and Wells Diocese 7-12 July
Bristol Diocese 13-17 July
NB: The Cardiff-Bristol route will be joining at this point having left Swansea on 3 July
Bath and Wells Diocese 18-19 July
Salisbury Diocese 20-23 July
Winchester Diocese 24-28 July
Oxford Diocese 29 July – 2 August
London Diocese 3-10 August
NB: Some tributory routes will be joining at this point having left Canterbury Diocese and East Anglia earlier.
St Albans Diocese 11-13 August
Oxford Diocese 14-19 August
Coventry Diocese 20-22 August
Birmingham Diocese 23-28 August
Lichfield 29 August
Derby Diocese 30 August-1 September
Southwell and Nottingham 2-4 September
Derby Diocese 30 August-1 September
Sheffield Diocese 6-7 September
Derby Diocese 8 September
Manchester Diocese 9-14 September
Leeds Diocese 15-18 September
York Diocese 19-24 September
Leeds Diocese 25-27 September
York Diocese 28-29 September
Leeds Diocese 29 September
Durham Diocese 30 September-3 October
Newcastle Diocese 4-15 October
NB: The route will then leave Berwick-upon-Tweed and enter Scotland. It concludes on 31 October in Glasgow.


More information can be found on the YCCN website:
https://www.yccn.uk/relay?mc_cid=48dcb74578&mc_eid=0aa72117bf