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Muslim and Christian activists rock the baroque in climate gig

Muslim rappers will join Christian and Jewish musicians this Tuesday (March 3) at a London gig to highlight the need for action on climate change. For God’s Sake: Faith Action on Climate Change will rock the Baroque of Nicholas Hawksmoor’s famous 18th Century Church, St George’s of Bloomsbury. Doors open at 6.00pm for 6.30pm.

The gig stars Hip Hop and Rap artists Kumasi, Jahaziel, Poetic Pilgrimage, Mohammed Yahya and Daniel Silberstein. Entry is free and open to all.

It is organized jointly by Radical Middle Way (www.radicalmiddleway.co.uk) and Christian Aid in celebration of Christian Aid’s Countdown to Copenhagen campaign and aims to gain even more supporters to the Copenhagen campaign pledge. Everyone is invited to sign this on www.christianaid.org.uk

Abdul-Rehman Malik, Programmes Manager at Radical Middle Way, says: ‘For God's Sake is about people of faith saying that this issue is bigger than one faith – it unites all people. Our faith calls us to take action now. That’s why Radical Middle Way and other Muslims groups are supporting Christian Aid’s climate campaign.

‘I urge Muslims to sign the pledge, which calls on all activists to lobby for the richest to repay their carbon debt, to do all they can to reduce their own carbon footprint and to encourage others to pledge their support.’

The Copenhagen climate conference this December will see a new international climate deal agreed that will come into force when the first phase of the Kyoto treaty expires in 2012.

Christian Aid is calling for the rich industrialised countries to cut emissions by 80% by 2050 and to pay a greater share of the cost of global cuts – on top of the actions they are taking domestically.

It wants technology that can help cut emissions shared with poorer countries and wants rich countries to financially support poorer ones in adapting to climate change. But it also says developing countries have to play their part by bringing in emission-cutting programmes that can be measured, reported and verified.

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For more press information, pictures or case studies, please contact Gillian Sandford on gsandford@christian-aid.org or on 07912 407692. Photo 0073 is of Kumasi should be credited: Photo: Remarkable Current. The photo of Jahaziel should be credited: Photo: Christian Aid / Jo Hill

Notes to Editors:

  1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in 49 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the life they deserve.

  2. Christian Aid is a member of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition - the UK's largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change.

  3. Radical Middle Way actively engages young Muslims on the hot issue of the day – connecting them to the best of contemporary Islamic scholarship while encouraging civic engagement, mercy and public service as core Islamic values. We work with community partners to organise seminars, lectures, debates, discussions and cutting edge cultural events to give vision to Britain most dynamic young faith community.