Churches urge urgent action at COP 26
As the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP 26) is set to take place in Glasgow, 1-12 November 2021, Global Prayer and Action Chain, a group of faith based organisations from around the world have joined forces to launch intense prayer and action for climate justice. The initiative is also collecting signatures for a petition, which will be delivered to the COP Presidency. It will demand that the round of talks do not end in the same manner as in recent years with, at best, incremental progress and a lack of ambition adequate to the science.
COP26 is a crucial moment in the fight for climate justice. It has already been delayed for a year and the time for countries to implement ambitious climate action is long past. Many countries are still not making the changes needed to stop climate change and help those already suffering from its worst impacts. Many world leaders are more concerned about protecting their own wealth or distracted by other issues, and are failing to tackle the global climate crisis affecting the entire planet, and in particular the world’s most vulnerable people.
“In solidarity with the most vulnerable people who are already facing the devastating impacts of climate change and as people of faith, we believe that every person matters to God and every person deserves to be protected from climate change,” said Rev. Dr Peter Pavlovic, Secretary of the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN).
“We need everyone to join us in calling for climate justice to achieve change. Jesus said ‘if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.’ Together, we can persuade world leaders to put aside their differences and implement ambitious climate action,” he added.