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Children challenge Bishop of Liverpool on his care for the environment

29 November 2019

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A DOZEN children visited the home of the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, to mark World Children’s Day, on Wednesday of last week, and express their concerns on climate change.

The children were all members of the “Mini MU”: a junior Mothers’ Union branch formed in West Derby, Liver­­pool.

The group challenged Bishop Bayes on how his care for the en­­vironment was lived out in his own home. They investigated his re­­­cycling bins, and asked him ques­tions ranging from: “What is the Church doing on a day-to-day basis to re­­duce plastic waste?” to “Do you think it is important to listen to children?”

The children and families mis­sioner for the diocese, Sue Mitchell, said that the Bishop wanted the dio­cese to be an eco-diocese. “So these children are lead­ing the way in highlighting this. . . World Children’s Day is a good way to hear the voices of children on some­­­thing they are passionate about.

“These children are also passion­ate about the future of the Church as well as the future of God’s world, and they constantly challenge us to ask them what they believe and are concerned about, and not assume that we know.”

Bishop Bayes said afterwards: “These kids brought real challenge about our environment. Almost never before has Jesus’s message to listen to the children been so needed. Their passion, commit­ment, and under­standing of the climate challenge should spur us all into action.”

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