On 22nd and 23rd of September the Climate Justice Baton reached Lerwick and Bressay Parish – the most northerly point on its journey around Scotland.
To mark the occasion a public information exhibition was held in St. Columba’s Church entitled – “Our Changing Climate : Looking after God’s Earth”. More than 150 people visited during the two days, including Secondary 3 and 4 students from the town’s high school. Amongst the visitors was Tavish Scott, MSP for Shetland.
On the Tuesday evening video presentations about climate change were shown in the church. On Wednesday evening a rather moving service of prayers and readings to bless the baton and pray for the Paris summit was held. All those attending were able to contribute by reading from a selection of scriptural and other passages relevant to climate change and the Creation. In a key part of the service, the baton was passed around the congregation and each person present shared their own prayer. This worship left the minister, Caroline Lockerbie, and many others close to tears.
The events in Lerwick were reported in The Shetland Times and local cartoonist ‘Smirk’ (Stephen Gordon) drew this cartoon to accompany the story.