Church bells warn about climate change

The church on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Photo:

The church on Svalbard will be the first to chime its bells in a “bell relay” to warn about climate changes in the Arctic, reports the Barents Observer.

In the end of November the church on Svalbard will be the first in a “relay” where churches in Norway and Sweden will chimes their bells to warn about climate changes, NRK reports.

The action called “Cry from the Arctic” (”Rop fra Arktis”) will continue southwards through the two countries until the United Nations Climate Change Conference opens in Copenhagen December 6.

We start on Svalbard, because the temperature changes on the planet are strongest felt in the Arctic and the melting in the High North will have huge impacts in all parts of the world, priest in the Svalbard church Leif Magne Helgesen says.


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