Young People at Myddelton Grange – Think Global and Act Local

On Thursday 1st December a unique resource for our diocese was launched. Francis McCrickard from the Myddelton Grange team and Shelagh Fawcett Coordinator of Leeds Diocese Justice and Peace Commission had been working on a Climate Change Walk or ‘Stations of the Environment’ on the land surrounding the retreat centre.

Each of the eleven ‘stations’ or stopping points a beautifully designed board containing as well as spiritual reflections.  The walk takes people not only on a journey through the extensive grounds of Myddelton Grange but also on a much deeper journey. Each station makes connections with the global reality of climate change and invites a spiritual reflection.

Staff and students of St. Mary’s School, Menston have assisted in the project and CAFOD has also supported with resources and advice.

The launch of the ‘Stations of the Environment’ was timed to coincide with the UN Summit on Climate Change in Durban. It highlighted the urgency of the need to agree an ambitious and fair deal for the world’s poorest people, those who are affected most by climate change.

The Myddelton Grange Climate Change Walk was officially opened by Kris Hopkins MP for Keighley and Mg Kieran Heskin, who also blessed the first ‘station’ and celebrated the launch with a liturgy.

St John Fisher High School, Dewsbury, who were on retreat at Myddelton, joined in to be the first group to walk the Stations. (Photo: Patrick Sice)