Church bells toll 350 times for climate in worldwide initiative

Church bells toll 350 times for climate in worldwide initiative


Denmark's Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik, centre right, attend an ecumenical celebration in the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen on Sunday. Shortly after the service Denmark's churches rang their bells 350 times which was the central act of a worldwide international bell ringing initiative. AP The bells are tolling 350 times, a number that refers to what many scientists consider a safe level of carbon dioxide in the air.

Denmark's Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik attended an ecumenical celebration in the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen on Sunday.
Shortly after the service, Denmark's churches rang their bells 350 times which was the central act of a worldwide international bell ringing initiative.

The bell ringing symbolizes the 350 parts per million that mark the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere according to scientists.
State leaders from around the world are expected to attend the UN Climate Change Conference that is underway here presently.

The National Council of Churches in Denmark says Christian churches across the globe are part of the campaign, from Fiji in the South Pacific to the US and Canada.

An ecumenical service dedicated to climate change was held in Copenhagen's cathedral today, led by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans.

Many scientists say 350 parts per million is the upper level of what is considered a safe concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere.

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