Navigating COP26 online – faith and action
Navigating COP26 of the United Nations climate convention can be confusing and overwhelming, whether in person or on-line. On the ground, formal and informal negotiations will happen in the Blue Zone, inhabited by political leaders, diplomats, advisors, government staff, United Nations officials and support crew. But this is also a place for civil society, businesses and other interests with exhibits, side events, and even street theatre and protests. It’s a microcosm of the global climate change debate, with everyone competing to have their voice and their ‘answer’ to climate change heard or represented.
More civil society events will happen in the “Green Zone”, open to any member of the public to visit during COP26, as well as in other venues around Glasgow, the host city. Many of these events are available online, and if the time difference doesn’t suit, many will be available for viewing later. Below is a rundown of key links to find out what’s online, and some key Catholic and faith events to watch out for.
Links to find out more:
Civil Society-led events that can be accessed online (including some Blue Zone events).
Some key faith events to watch out for:
In the early hours of Friday 5 to Saturday 6 November, thousands of Catholics will stay awake all night, united in faith, to pray for the outcome of COP26. It will be held in person at St Aloysius Church, Glasgow, and virtually for the rest of the world. More details and register here.
A global 24-hour ‘pilgrimage’ over the weekend 5-7 November to come together for climate justice. Faith groups internationally will host an event/pray/meditate/plant a tree or practice in their own respective manner at 12 noon local time. Aotearoa New Zealand will initiate the pilgrimage with the online presentation of Aotearoa NZ multi-faith appeal to COP26 (Register here for NZ event). The #COP26Pilgrim initiative is also encouraging people to pause for silent prayer/meditation at noon each day, and practice deep meditation and prayer according to their spiritual tradition at 7pm each day during COP26. More information and resources here.
Vodcasts posted daily at 7.00 pm UK time (8am NZDT).
Hosted by Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow. View full programme for 1-14 November.
Catholics and COP 26: Artists, Activists, and Academics on Climate Justice and the Integrity of Creation
7-8.30pm UK; 6-7.30am NZDT on various dates during COP26, up to 12 Nov)
Pax Christi Scotland (Catholic peace movement) and Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow present a series of online public events. Catholic artists, activists, and academics will reflect on climate justice and the integrity of creation in prayerful anticipation of a change of heart and a renewed commitment by all nations to protect planet earth. Details here.
Mon 8 Nov, 8.30am UK; Tues 9 Nov, 9.30pm NZDT
This Ecojesuit event provides a platform to discuss issues from Oceania and Asia and share voices from these regions on the challenges they are experiencing from a changing climate. Participants include Caritas Oceania President Cardinal Soane Mafi of Tonga, and Director of Caritas Papua New Guinea Mavis Tito, along with Archbishop of Suva Peter Loy Chong (also President of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania.
Register here. It will also be livestreamed at: https://www.facebook.com/ecojesuit
Tues, 9 Nov, 7-8 PM UK time/Wed 10 Nov, 8-9am NZDT
Early in the second week, Neil Thorns Head of Advocacy, Communication and Education at CAFOD, along with representatives from the Vatican and SCIAF (Caritas Scotland) will update us on progress at the COP26. Your opportunity to listen to the latest discussions and ask questions.