In support of creating change to avert climate breakdown

The UN IPCC 1.5 Special Report published October 2018 says rapid change, including reducing our carbon emissions by half is needed by 2030 - in other words - by twelve years from now.

This is a national call to places of worship and individuals to participate in a coordinated response to the global & ecological climate emergency and Extinction Rebellion this April.

Climate change is now reaching the end-game… The issue is the very survival of our civilisation.” - Prof Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, for 20 years the Head of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Senior Advisor to Pope Francis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the EU.

2019 is arguably our last chance to drive policy and culture change so as to achieve the ambitious targets set out in the UN’s IPCC 2018 report which describes the enormous harm that anything above a 1.5°C rise in global temperature would cause. It told us that limiting to 1.5°C may still be possible yet requires “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”. The problem though: we’re not on track. Carbon emissions haven’t stopped rising and temperatures are heading towards 3°C. If we continue on our current course, future changes in climate could be dramatically abrupt and irreversible, seeing mass migrations, crop failures and unprecedented disasters. This is already putting a raft of other pressures on the ecology, with 200 species going extinct every day due to habitat loss as well as change in climate. In a 2018 study of British mammals it was found that 1 in 5 could be extinct within a decade. This is our time to alert those who do not know, to reinforce the twelve year window of opportunity, and increase ways to shift the global narrative and generate the necessary political will.

"The facts about our ecological crisis are incontrovertible. We must take action" say notable leaders including previous Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. So what can we do?


ClimateKeys is inviting places of worship and also individual members of the public to join an effort to raise the profile of our twelve-year timeline. We want places of worship and individuals to mark the number ‘12’ to help disseminate information about the timeline.

PLACES OF WORSHIP will participate through creating repeating bursts of twelve sounds, thus filling public spaces with the repeated pealing of twelve church bells, the Blowing of the Shofar, the ringing of Buddhist bells and so on … Accompanying outreach by ClimateKeys will inform the public of our twelve year timeline.

Places of worship will select one day for their participation on any day during the week commencing April 15th, (with the aim of having as much participation as possible on Monday April 15th). Please email to register your interest and ask any questions.

INDIVIDUALS will participate by forming into groups that gather in selected public spaces. Individuals bring something to bang or ring, such as a small bell or a cooking pot and a spoon. A volunteer leads the group to chant from 1 to 12, while chanters simultaneously ring the bells and beat the pots. After number 12 is reached, there is a pause in the beating and chanting, so the group has a short rest, before the leader starts it up again. This sequence continues until the group feels it needs a longer break.

Members of the group bear signs about the climate emergency and our twelve year timeline, and engage with passers-by, handing out leaflets we will supply.

These group actions will take place across three days; Monday April 15th, Tuesday April 16th and Wednesday April 17th, anytime from early morning to late evening.

Please register your interest as soon as possible to



ClimateKeys is a global initiative with a no-fly policy that has to date triggered over 60 events in 13 countries in which musicians and climate change experts collaborate to lead discussion on action on climate change. ClimateKeys is proud to support the aims of Extinction Rebellion and its mass peaceful civil action commencing on 15th April with two specially created performances; ‘Pianothon on a Pelican’ and ‘Sounding Twelve Years’.