where all are welcome
Twenty children from a St John`s Primary School in Clifton,
Bristol joined Redland Park`s Minister Dougie Burnett in London to
Downing street as part of the Operation Noah climate change campaign.
The action day followed an environmental activity day at the church
when the children arrived carrying an arc made from plastic bottles.
The 6ft tall arc accompanied the children to London
Myra Jones,who accompanied the children, writes:
One Ark (plastic), 19 “Animals” (from
St. John’s School) and 7 other
assorted characters, left Bristol at 8am on July 2nd to show support
OPERATION NOAH campaign.
We were met by Stephen Williams MP. at Portcullis House. Having passed
through high security and had our photos taken, Stephen and his
assistant took us by way of an underground passage to the Houses of
Parliament, the Great Hall and the lobby, as the Houses were sitting
couldn’t see in to the Chambers. After our packed lunch back in
House, we made our way to Downing Street.
Six of the children, the Headmaster and
Dougie were allowed in to present
our paper origami ARKS and petition, unfortunately the Prime Minister
The rest of us were then able to go and have our photo taken with the
“Bobby” at the door of No. 10 Poor man had been stood there for 2
in the 30 degree heat. Then back along the Embankment, this time
the plastic ARK (Which got many a puzzled look from passers-by) to
a boat for a trip on the Thames with the Bishop of London and 4 other
schools and a brass band.
We disembarked upstream from the Houses of Parliament for a rally in
the nearby park, together with a wooden Ark, banners and a range of
wildlife (real this time) including 2 Alpacas with great hairstyles!
Then a few
speeches from Mark Dowd, Bishop of London and Ann Pettifor of Jubilee
2000 fame and the singing of “All creatures of our God and King”
Lastly Ed Milliband, Minister for the Environment, came to join us and
his support and lots of photos were taken and interviews done. A tired
but happy band of people returned to Bristol, feeling pleased with our
contribution to make out Government realise how important it is that
strides are made to reduce Global Carbon Dioxide emissions at the
Change talks in Copenhagen in December.
We must keep up the pressure, so please carry on campaigning.