St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Education is a core part of the Cathedral's work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Forum, St Paul's Institute and the
Schools & Families department.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
Climate change, the 21st century's 'most daunting challenge' debated at St Paul's
12 May 2014
The United Nation's most eminent spokesperson on climate change has called it "the most daunting challenge of
the 21st century" in a debate at St Paul's.
Speaking at Building the Will for Action, to more than 1,000 people under the dome of the Cathedral on
Wednesday 7 May 2014, Christiana Figueres said our moral compass needed to be fixed on this crucial subject and that we need to all see this as
a matter which affects us all directly.
Ms Figueres, Executive Secretary of the
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said "the scientific date on climate
change is overwhelming, the experience of the affected overpowering" and that one element often missing from the debate is 'love'; "Love for
ourselves, our children and their children, love for our neighbours across the globe, love for our common home, the Earth."
In her speech, she also touched on how an intricate web of financial, techological and policy solutions had been created; that one trillion
dollars had been invested in worldwide renewable energy; and that all of this needs to work towards a new global agreement in 2015 which "must
both effectively harvest all possible current efforts - and what’s more strategically important - chart the long term course toward carbon
She added that we "have the responsibility to set the ethical foundation of our global society. We have done this with slavery and with
apartheid. It is time to do it with climate change."
Mr Pereira Gray spoke on the role of finance and investment from the Wellcome Trust’s perspective of trying to "identify the contemporary and
future threats to health." Arguing that long term investors need to have a "significant interest in environmental stewardship" and that action
from a shareholder perspective is "best targeted at speeding up the rate of innovation and the adoption of new fuel technologies, and of course
influencing and reducing the rate of demand."
Rear Admiral Morisetti explored the impact of climate change on global stability and security, saying that "climate change is clearly not the
only risk to geopolitical stability" but that it is one of the "greatest foreign policy challenges we face in the 21st century." From the
perspective of global security, climate change acts as a "threat multiplier that increases the risk of instability and conflict...particularly
in areas where challenges already exist.".
Dr Juniper spoke on the need to change the climate change debate in order to "stop this being seen as an automatically negative set of
challenges and reframe it as being a multi-layered opportunity." By doing so he said "we can paint a very strong and compelling picture around
why action on climate change is very good for people’s health...it’s good for jobs and competitiveness...the biggest business opportunity that
has ever been presented to the world...an opportunity for technology forcing growth, jobs and development worldwide."