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Orkney Climate March

Tuesday November 9 2021

On Sunday, in appalling weather, a small group of hardy folk met with banners met at Stronsay Kirk, Orkney to make it known that the island cares about the climate emergency.

This is the first time such a rally has taken place on Stronsay and although the numbers may seem quite low it was a significant representation for the island. The youngest was three and the oldest 70 years old.

The rally, which had been postponed for a week due to nervousness about Covid on Stronsay, started at the Kirk where prayers were said, then moved into the village for a reading. Finally the rally moved onto the waterfront at Whitehall where the sea was in full fury, overtopping the wall and soaking the group.

The Rev David Locke, Minister for Stronsay said: “It was good to have braved the weather to show Stronsay cares and urges action about the dangers of climate change. We prayed along the route for our world and world leaders, COP26 and for real climate change reduction measures to happen. We may be a small island but we have a big heart for what matters. Our rally was supported by the Church and Community Council. The wild weather on the day perhaps demonstrated the risks that lie ahead around the world, and the need for action.”

Climate change suggestion cards had been made for the day and were shared. A display will use this material in the Kirk.

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