Updated: Nov 10, 2022 8:53 AM

Left to right, The Very Reverend Nicholas Dill, Anne Hyde, Glenn Fubler, Imam Saleem Talbot and Reverend Nicholas Tweed (photograph by Akil Simmons)

The earth is plunged into “climate chaos”, according to prominent members of the community who are calling on people to take action to protect the environment.

Anne Hyde, former executive director of environmental charity Keep Bermuda Beautiful and a member of the Bermuda Climate Action Network, used the term to describe how climate change poses a serious risk to the planet.

She was joined by several religious leaders at St Paul AME Church Centennial Hall in Hamilton who all issued statements in response to comments made this week by António Guterres, the UN secretary general, at the COP27 conference in Egypt.

Mr Guterres said the planet, in the face of global warming, was on “the highway to climate hell with its foot still on the accelerator”.

Ms Hyde said: ‘We know climate change is something climate scientists have been warning us about for years and years. However, we can see that the climate is deteriorating.

“It’s affecting the people who can least afford to be affected and it’s going to start happening in Bermuda. It’s going to be climate chaos soon.

“There are steps we can take to make ourselves more resilient. We can also help reduce our carbon footprint as a country.

Glenn Fubler, an activist, has invited members of the community to attend a lunchtime interfaith service at Most Holy Trinity Church on Church Street tomorrow between 12:25 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. and at Wesley Methodist Church on Church Street Thursday from 12:30 p.m. at 1:30 p.m.

He said: “Given that Bermuda is here in the Atlantic, 600 miles from anywhere, that’s something our community is concerned about.”

The Very Reverend Nicholas Dill, the Anglican Bishop of Bermuda, said: “Sometimes in places like Bermuda we think we have it. We don’t see the effects so much, but we are part of a much larger system.

“It is how we relate to resources and their provision that is a matter of justice for those who are vulnerable. It is a matter of care and stewardship of the planet as a whole.

Ten ways to fight climate change recommended by the United Nations

• Save energy at home

• Walk, cycle or take public transport

• Eat less meat and dairy products, and more vegetables

• Consider your trip abroad

• Throw away less food

• Reduce, reuse, repair, recycle

• Change your home’s energy source

• Switch to an electric vehicle

• Make your money count

• Express yourself

Reverend Nicholas Tweed expressed concern about human health in relation to climate change.

“A lot of this has to do with the mismanagement we’ve had on the planet – the pollution we put in the oceans, the contamination imposed on the land, the rape of resources…

“Each of us needs to start conversations…that awaken our awareness of the role we can all play,” he said.

“What we saw at COP27 raises this issue and reinforces the call, and continues to sound the alarm that we may not have as much time as we think, so we need to act now.”

Imam Saleem Talbot added: “Humans are supposed to be the guardians of the environment, but we have become the predator. If human beings see their true role in society, we will solve all these problems.

All speakers co-signed a letter inviting members of the community to stop and reflect on the state of the planet and do all they can to protect it.

Other signatories included Joan E Dillas-Wright, Speaker of the Senate; Charles Gosling, Mayor of Hamilton; and Bishop Wes Spiewak.

Anne Hyde, Glenn Fubler, Imam Saleem Talbot and Reverend Nicholas Tweed (photograph by Akil Simmons)