CelebrationEarth! at St Albans on Sept 19 cancelled due to new Covid restrictions; CelebrationEarth! film still due to be released for EarthX TV on Sept 22
10 September 2020: With regret, FaithInvest announces that CelebrationEarth!, a festival of music, poetry, prayers and drama planned for Saturday September 19 at St Alban's Cathedral, UK, has been cancelled due to the new Covid regulations.
The event, which brought together prayers and music from Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam as well as secular poetry and drama, was due to launch a major international programme of practical action on the environment by faith groups as well as a wider movement bringing together hundreds of local organisations working to protect biodiversity and tackle climate change.
A virtual launch of the Faith Long-term Plans programme will now be held at the UN's first Biodiversity Summit on September 28 where it will be one of only nine new initiatives to be announced. Faiths are developing their Plans now and they will be launched in 2021 ahead of the UN's COP26 climate negotiations.
In the meantime, the CelebrationEarth! film by award-winning filmmakers Off the Fence Productions will be released on 22 September as part of the exciting new programming line-up for EarthX TV. Most of the hour-long production has already been recorded, with the St Albans event intended to provide additional material.
CelebrationEarth! highlights the special contribution that religious groups, artists and local environmental organisations bring to the protection of nature. It is supported by WWF UK and FaithInvest.
Martin Palmer, Chief Executive of FaithInvest, an international NGO that helps faith groups invest in line with their values, said: 'While we are disappointed that the CelebrationEarth! event at St Albans could not go ahead, what it was intended to celebrate – the amazing work being done by so many individuals and small environmental organisations within local communities – is forming the basis of the film and the start of building a mass movement on the environment.
'This movement is called CelebrationEarth! because if something is worth celebrating, it's worth saving. We want to celebrate stories from around the world that give us the vision for our collective future. '
Tanya Steele, Chief Executive of WWF-UK, said: 'WWF is delighted to be part of CelebrationEarth! The latest research published in our 2020 Living Planet Report today <<10 September 2020>> showed that that global wildlife populations have declined by a staggering 68% since 1970.
'We have no hope of turning these declines around, tackling climate change and building a better future without the involvement of people all over the world. So we’re really excited to see the commitments being made by faith groups and local communities. This coming together of so many groups in a wider movement will be critical in driving the case for ambition both at next year’s Climate COP26 and in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.'
We would like to thank all the organisations and individuals who have offered us help, enthusiasm and support through these difficult months. We will keep going and we will find other ways of sharing your hope and joy in the world: The CE! team
WE WILL POST DETAILS OF SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS WHERE THE VARIOUS FILM AND BROADCAST PROGRAMMES ARISING FROM CELEBRATIONEARTH! ACTIVITIES ON THIS WEBSITE, ON OUR BLOG AND ON OUR FACEBOOK AND TWITTER PAGES