Justice and Peace Issues
Uniting the whole world to tackle climate change is the purpose for the COP 26 Summit being held in Glasgow, Scotland October 31- November 12, 2021. At this conference, countries will announce their latest plans to meet the goals of the Paris agreement to address climate change. The term COP stands for Conference of the Parties who are the signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1994. The meeting in Glasgow will be the 26th meeting of these parties, which is why it is called COP 26. United Nations climate change conferences are among the largest international meetings in the world. The negotiations between governments are complex and involve officials from every country in the world as well as representatives from civil society, Indigenous Peoples, and the global news media. Visit the COP 26 website to learn more.
FAITH RESPONSE TO COP26
Ahead of COP26 and inspired by the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform, people of faith are joining their voices to those of the most vulnerable to call on the world’s leaders to commit to dramatically reduce greenhouse gases. The Laudato Si Movement’s petition, Healthy Planet, Healthy People, urges all leaders participating in the international climate talks to increase their commitments to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, stop all new fossil fuel infrastructure and redirect subsidies toward responsible renewable energy and farming practices. The petition also demands action to stem biodiversity loss.
The Catholic Climate Covenant has developed two letters, one from individuals and the other from institutions, which urge President Biden and members of Congress to “work together beyond partisanship, and for the common good, by enacting ambitious national solutions and demonstrating global leadership that address the sources and threats of climate change.” The US Province of the Holy Union Sisters has signed the letter on behalf of the Sisters and Associates. Please consider signing the letter from individuals and encourage your bishop, priest, or other church leaders to sign the Climate Action Letter for Catholic Institutions.