Sea Prayers in Samoa

To raise awareness of the impact of climate change, representatives of churches, ecumenical organisations and the United Nations stood together in the sea in Apia.

The prayer was conducted on Thursday, 4 September, as part of the international campaign of people from diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds who are urging world leaders to agree to a strong climate treaty at the UN climate talks in Paris in December 2015.

Participants in the prayer included representatives of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Samoa Council of Churches (SCC), the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) and the UN.

Peter Emberson of the PCC offered a germinating coconut as a “symbol of hope and resilience in life” to Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Figueres, along with the former ambassador to the UN Dessima Williams, threw the coconut into the ocean, where it would inevitably find its way back to shore, grow, and show its resilience.


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