COP26

Climate and Conflict


End War and save the Planet

The United Nations climate talks (also known as the Conference of Parties or COP), will take place 31 October – 12 November 2021 in Glasgow. COP26 will be biggest summit ever hosted in the UK – COVID permitting – with around 30,000 attendees expected.

It is the most significant climate event since the 2015 Paris Agreement. That is because COP26 is the first summit when countries must report back on their progress since the Paris Agreement and set out more ambitious goals for ending their contribution to climate change.

Links between war and climate change…

Pax Christi, and other peace groups, are raising awareness about the links between war and climate change and challenging governments to include military emissions in the reduction targets. Since Kyoto in 1997 there has been no obligation on countries to disclose military-related emissions not to include them in reduction targets. 

Pax Christi in Glasgow …

Aisling, our Education Worker, will be in Glasgow.  If you are there, look out for her. She will also be representing us in the “24 Hours for the Climate”, a global vigil, organised by the Columbans, for Catholics and people of faith to pray and advocate for the success of COP26. 5th November, 11am – 6th  November,11am  https://www.24hoursfortheclimate.org  Watch Pax Christi and the Columbans on websites, Facebook and Twitter for more details.

Aisling’s reflection Praying for a Climate of Peace from the vigil will be available on our YouTube channel soon!

Other peace events in Glasgow…

The People’s Summit events at which we have speakers are:

Challenging the Military Carbon Bootprint – Monday 8th 16:15- 17:45 in the Renfield Center Church Hall. https://cop26coalition.org/peoples-summit/challenging-the-military-carbon-bootprint-5/ and then another time at an online Veterans for Peace meeting on 7 November 8pm (UTC) https://cop26coalition.org/peoples-summit/u-s-militarism-space-tech-and-the-climate-crisis-the-role-of-demilitarization-in-climate-justice/

There is a very good diary of the war/militarism/peace slanted events here:

Scottish CND have produce a very comprehensive Toolkit for COP26.  It includes a programme of Climate and Peace events and actions, links to petitions and open letters, and resources. https://www.banthebomb.org/cop26-toolkit/ https://www.banthebomb.org/cop26-toolkit/ 

Open Letter on Military Emissions …

Pax Christi EW, along with many other groups, has signed the this Open Letter stating that Military greenhouse gas emissions must be on the agenda for COP27 https://tippingpointnorthsouth.org/open-letter-cop26/?fbclid=IwAR1JXQQHDZoxiwdRCcqgiFYJeE9baEwzDl0qB4UYYG8KI75lZ1uIhTT83d4

Prayer…

Prayer for the Earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe

and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love,

That we may protect life and beauty

Fill us with peace, that we may live

as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

From Pope Francis in Laudate Si

Action…

Order Pax Christi Prayer Cards

Prayers of Intercession for COP26 : https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources/COP26-intercessions 

Prayers during COP26 – a selection here : https://greenchristian.org.uk/pray-for-cop26/ 

Christian Aid Prayer Boats  https://www.christianaid.org.uk/pray/prayer-chain 

Sign this petition : https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stop-excluding-military-pollution-from-climate-agreements-2 

Downloadable version here to use in parishes and communities : https://paxchristi.org.uk/cop26/ 

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Watch and show others the short video, ‘Extinguish War and Save the Earth’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vUrEf4HHc0 

Write to your MP, asking that they lobby the UK Government to disclose military-related  emissions and include them in reduction targets. Using  www.writetothem makes this easy to do.

Downloadable resources

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