Pilgrimage to Paris

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In November 2015, the Church of England, Christian Aid, CAFOD and Tearfund came together to organise a Pilgrimage2Paris ahead of COP21 – the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Local walkers included the Revd Val Bexon, Rector of Ermin Street Benefice; and Rev Kevin and Mrs Ros Durrant, Minister at Matson Baptist Church.

The Revd Rob Crofton, Vicar of St Barnabas Cheltenham, who attending the summit from 3rd to 6th December on behalf of Arocha; and as such was also able to represent Gloucester Diocese.  

Pilgrims started their journey in London on Friday 13 November, visiting various places of interest and meeting local communities on the way to Brighton and Newhaven on the south coast. After catching the ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe, they continued to Paris along the beautiful Avenue Verte.

In Paris they joined with pilgrims from across Europe, attending a hand-in of campaign petitions to Cristiana Figueres (Executive Secretary of UNFCCC) and an interfaith gathering.