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Nantwich Bells to Ring Out for the Planet

As world leaders roll into Glasgow for urgent talks on climate change, Nantwich bell ringers at St Mary’s church are adding their voices to the resounding call for politicians to “Walk the Walk” and protect future generations.

The Tower of the historic “Cathedral of South Cheshire” will be sounding the alarm call at midday on Saturday 30th October on the eve of the critical international COP26 meeting.

It coincides with the Sustainable Nantwich climate walk along the River Weaver which starts at 10am on Saturday 30th October at Reaseheath College – meet at the library.

The gentle ramble along the river Weaver through the picturesque historic market town, from Reaseheath to the Coed Wen community woodland, will give people the chance to get together for the planet, and learn more about some of the town’s interconnected community environmental schemes.

Everyone is invited to come along. The Mayor Stuart Bostock and the leader of Cheshire East Council Sam Corcoran, the Civic Society, Nantwich in Bloom and other community groups are already on board.

St Mary’s bell tower captain Stefan Zientek and the Rev Mark Hart said the team were keen to make their voices heard, including some of the younger and newest members who have been learning to ring since the last lock-down.

“We are all very concerned about the impacts of climate change and biodiversity collapse on future generations. Humanity has lost its way. We have to show respect and love for God’s creation if we want to protect our children,” they said.

Sustainable Nantwich campaigner Jeremy Herbert said now is a critical point in human history.

“World leaders have been burying their heads in the sand but they can’t ignore the climate emergency any longer. Boris Johnson last week told world leaders to ‘grow up’ and ‘listen to the scientists.’ We are calling on him and his colleagues around the world to walk the walk. That’s what we are doing!”

“The real power to change things lies in the hands of Governments. They make the laws. We need international action and there’s no time to lose,” he said.