The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Climate Action for COP26

 Girls standing among tree branches on the coast - from Lujan Home for Girls, Vanimo, Papua New Guinea.

Caritas and other Catholic agencies are calling for strong emissions cuts and better climate finance at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, UK in November 2021. Support their actions and follow the issues here.

In 2015, the Paris Agreement was a breakthrough as the world committed to keep global warming well below 2C, ideally below 1.5. At Glasgow, in the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (31 October – 12 November), countries need to step up on ambition. Actual carbon emissions keep rising as countries continue to debate important global climate policies, while the COVID-19 crisis is jeopardising gains made to counter poverty and highlighted global and national inequalities.

Caritas is looking for progress at COP26 in three critical areas:

  • Strong emissions cuts to keep the 1.5C target alive.
  • More climate finance that is targeted and more readily accessible to the most vulnerable communities, equally shared between mitigation (cutting emissions) and adaptation. Finance to address Loss and Damage already incurred by the poor must be stepped up, recognising the ecological debt owed by richer countries to poorer ones.
  • Tackling climate change in an integrated way, including protection and restoration of ecosystems and prioritising the needs of the poor in a just transition, in line with Laudato Si’.

Caritas in Oceania has reported on the climate change and other environmental impacts through the Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania reports and continues to advocate for policies that protect people and planet, enabling all people to thrive. Here’s how you can support the Catholic network in and around COP26.

Presentation of “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” Petition to political leaders

The handover of the “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” petition to political leaders at COP26 will take place in Glasgow on Tues 2nd November, 7:30pm (3 Nov, 8.30am NZDT), along with other messages from Faith-filled activists and leaders from around the world. Witness the handover online. Register here.

Join the national Karakia for the Climate

A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand has organised a series of online and in-person prayer vigils before and during COP 26:

In-person vigils are also being organised for Friday 12 November in a number of centres. Find out more here.

Follow COP26 online:

Laudato Si' Movement Events at COP26

CIDSE Catholic development alliance at COP26

Follow official proceedings through social media platforms:

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