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Praying for COP 26
1 November, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 13 November, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
I speak as a Christian. Jesus teaches us that there are no greater commandments than to love God and love our neighbour. To abide by those commandments as a Christian today is to step up to the challenge of climate change and connected environmental crises”.
Please pray for COP26 The annual ‘Conference Of Parties’ arose from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992, and has run since 1995. The UK is host to the 26th meeting in Glasgow (Nov 1st to 12th), where at least 30,000 reps of over 200 countries, businesses, NGOs and faith groups will gather. COP26 is crucial: it’s probably our last chance for world leaders to commit to actions to save the Earth from climate catastrophe. Please pray for leaders and others at COP26; find christian reflections at https://greenchristian.org.
The second creation story begins by telling us that “adam” – the man – was taken from the earth, adamah (Genesis 2:4b). In other words, humans are part of creation. They do not live in an “environment” but are indissolubly linked with every other part of creation: “everything is related to everything else” as the ecologists tell us.
1st November – World Leaders’ Summit: discussions on action to secure net zero emissions, and keep average global temperatures from rising more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
2nd November – World Leaders’ Summit: agreements to protect communities and natural habitats, and mobilise finance.
3rd November – Finance: scaling up public and private finance for mitigation of damage and adaptation to the current situation.
4th November – Youth and public empowerment: elevating the voice of young people, and demonstrating the critical role of public empowerment and education in climate action.
5th November – Nature: ensuring the importance of nature and sustainable land use as part of global action on climate change, leading to a clean, green recovery
Please pray for the second week of CoP26 when pledges and commitments will be discussed and how they are to be enacted and delivered
Monday 8th Nov Loss and Damage: delivering the practical solutions needed to adapt to climate impacts, and address loss and damage.
Nov Tuesday 9th Nov Gender: progressing gender equality, and the full participation of women and girls in climate action. Science and Innovation: demonstrating that these can deliver climate solutions to meet, and accelerate, increased ambition.
Wednesday 10th Nov – Transport: driving the global transition to zero emission transport
Thursday 11th Nov – Cities, Regions and Built Environment: advancing action in the places we live, from communities through to cities and regions.
Friday 12th Nov – Closure of Negotiations.
Saturday 13th Nov – commitment by all to the implementation of pledges made and how to bring those who have not attended or made strong pledges into CoP26 .