A Triumph of Delights

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‘celebrate the beauty and fragility of our common home’

‘A Triumph of Delights’ is how 17th century mystic Thomas Traherne describes planet earth. But the climate and biodiversity crises are threatening planetary equilibrium, and the very existence of humanity. The Warming Stripes graphic designed by climate scientist Ed Hawkins provides a stark warning.

It shows global average temperatures from 1850 to 2020 – the redder the colours, the higher the temperature. In the context of crisis, and as representatives from about 200 countries meet for COP26 in Glasgow, our festival provides a variety of spaces to gather in solidarity, and to celebrate the beauty and fragility of our common home.

Below is an overview of activities throughout October. On 31st October, the eve of COP26, we will spend the day learning, creating, making music and more, followed by an all-night vigil in the courtyard.

If you would like to volunteer or offer support please email ecochurch@sjp.org.uk

Key Events

Tuesday 26th Oct – 6pm #styleyourstripes Gala Event in partnership with Atelier Tammam

This gala event will launch the Tammam climate stripes couture collection and raise funds for the church’s organ restoration fund and climate charities. They’ll be a reception with vegan canapes and organic drinks, mingling and music.

Guest Appearances by:

singer-songwriter Emeli Sande accompanied by pianist Yoana Karemova

Sustainable Couture by Atelier Tammam

Recital by acclaimed organist Anna Lapwood

Talk by Prof Ed Hawkins, University of Reading, creator of the Climate Stripes graphic

Thursday 28th October – 7pm In Conversation with Huw Edwards

Join us for this exciting event ahead of COP26 for an evening of conversation with the BBC’s Huw Edwards and guests, the actor Hugh Bonneville, Sarah Butler-Sloss and Harriett Lamp from the climate change charity, Ashden. All proceeds gifted in support of The Heart of St James’s Campaign.

Sunday 31st October – A Triumph of Delights Festival

An afternoon festival packed with music, science, art and conversation followed by all-night vigil. Activities include:

Installation by artist in residence Esmeralda Valencia Lindstrom, including Video installation in the church and Micro-tours of the courtyard and garden using wearable magnifying glasses. 

Original artworks by our very own Finna Ayers, Fiona Notman and Sara Mark for sale, with auction at 3.00pm

Drop-in workshop on the creation of Britain’s first geological map by William Smith. 

In conversation with teenage naturalist, blogger and London National Park City Champion @kaulofthewild 

Jazz settings of Thomas Traherne’s poetry, including work by Alison Beck.