The Church’s Appeal to Negotiating Parties of COP21
What is COP21?
It is the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The conference objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.
How is the Catholic Church Involved?
Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ calls for action against climate change. On 26 October, an “Appeal” from the Church in each continent was formally signed and made public at a press conference at the Holy See Press Office. It calls those negotiating the COP 21 in Paris to work toward the approval of a fair and truly transformational climate agreement. Read the document here.
What Can I Do?
Take part in events that promote the caring for the climate. An example of such an event is the Global Climate March:
On 29 November, a million or more men, women and children will take part in the Global Climate March. The 50 000 representatives at COP21 – 25000 official delegates and another 25000 participants with various interests – need to hear the message of Laudato si’ and the voice of God’s people. To echo these in the halls of negotiation and decision is the role of citizens everywhere calling for a responsible, successful COP21. ” – Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson