COP24 UN Climate Change Conference Now Underway

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UN COP24 Media Resource

'Mindful that we are called by the world and the church at this particular time in history to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, we will continue to respond mercifully to both.' (Chapter Statement)

The UN Climate Change Conference 'COP 24' opened today, 3 December, in Katowice, Poland and will continue until 14 December.

This conference is widely regarded as the most significant climate change event since the Paris Agreement was achieved in 2015 at COP21, applicable to all countries, aiming to keep global warming below 2°C. According to Patricia Espinosa ,UNFCCC Executive Secretary, COP24 Will be Paris 2.0. "In Poland, as I call it Paris 2.0, we will put together the pieces, directions and guidelines in order to make the framework really operate"

Our Chapter Statement expresses clearly our personal and congregational commitment to " honour our duty to love and care" for Earth and to "protect the rights of the natural world"

During these two weeks we invite you to join us in Prayer for Our Earth, in following the conference and in contributing your voice to its outcomes.

"By addressing climate change, we can build a better, more resilient future, both for this generation and all generations to follow……a future that is both cleaner and greener, but one where poverty is reduced, and that all people can live, love, learn and prosper." (Espinosa)

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