Several members of the PC(USA) joined faith leaders from around the world today to call for bold, ambitious decisions on the part of world leaders. Billed as the Implementation COP, these negotiations have stalled, with the consequences of inaction being dire. See the full statement below.
Faith leaders urgent call for higher ambition at COP27
As faith leaders we raise our collective voices and call on world leaders and their representatives at COP27 to make the bold decisions necessary and ensure that there are clear and concrete outcomes from this COP. While negotiations stall, people are dying and livelihoods are being lost as a result of the impact of climate change. The COP27 negotiations are slow and lacking in ambition. Time is running out and it is unacceptable if world leaders do not take clear and decisive action within the few remaining days of COP 27. With the COP27 negotiations hanging in the balance, as faith leaders and members of the global faith movement for climate justice, led by our sisters and brothers from the Global South, we call for urgent and ambitious action for the most vulnerable people and communities.
Where the current negotiation texts are failing:
At the start of COP27, we met and issued a call as a result of the COP27 Talanoa Dialogue. Since then, there has been little progress. So far, we have heard a lot of unilateral pledges from parties and positions. Those are encouraging but little is on paper.
In addition, there is lack of progress on climate finance, including adaptation and loss and damage finance. Without this finance, the Global South cannot adapt to the climate emergency, and the debt situation will get worse. Global South leaders are calling the alarm, particularly small island states that are losing their territories, biodiversity, culture and identity. Increasingly climate disasters are costing lives and destroying homes in the Global North which are experiencing severe floods in countries like Germany and Belgium and massive widespread fires in Portugal and the US.
The developing countries negotiating are united in their desire to deliver a loss and damage fund at this COP, the richer countries who have already had the privilege to develop need to show solidarity and political leadership.
This should be an implementation COP where finance is at the heart of delivering for those most impacted by climate change. A failure to reach the critical decisions – such as on the loss and damage facility, doubling adaptation finance and tracking where the money is coming from, who is making good on their commitments – will betray the most marginalized. All countries must acknowledge their responsibilities and scale up their ambition and national climate plans, and countries in the global north need to recognize their historic responsibility and mobilise new and additional climate finance!
We call on leaders at COP27 to preserve all of God’s Creation by:
- Recognising the urgency of this crisis, including language in the text that requires all countries, but especially major emitters, to come forward in COP27 with new ambition announcements that exceed their current NDC targets and keep within reach the 1.5 degree target.
- Calling for all Parties to establish a new funding facility for loss and damage; set a separate and additional funding stream from finance for mitigation and adaptation and other humanitarian aid within the financial mechanism; make L&D a permanent COP agenda item; include an intersectional gender lens, indigenous knowledge and human rights into the text; and ensure adequate capacity and resources to support the full operationalization of the Santiago Network.
- Richer governments committing to ratchet up delivery of finance at scale to fulfil their promises and deliver the shortfalls of the $100 billion per year promised by 2020 and through to 2025. Half of this must be for adaptation in the form of grants and not loans, and address access issues so the finance reaches those who need it most.
- Calling on wealthy countries to cancel the debt, to provide adequate new finance and set up a finance L&D facility. The finance must be grants based, not as loans as it is being done.
- Ensuring gender is no longer siloed and the agreements reached at COP27 have a clear gender transformative climate action lens and clear processes for making that happen. Women and girls, in all their diversities, cannot be treated as victims; they are leading climate solutions and just transitions within and beyond movements and industries.
Archbishop Samy Fawzi Shehata, Primate of the Anglican Province of Alexandria, Diocesan Bishop of Egypt
Bishop Julio Murray, Chairman of Anglican Communion Environmental Network
Archbishop Thomas Schirrmacher, World Evangelical Alliance
Bishop Philip Huggins, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
Bishop Andreas Holmberg, Diocese of Stockholm, Church of Sweden
Bishop Ivan M. Abrahams, Secretary General, World Methodist Council
The Right Reverend Marc Andrus, Bishop of California, The Episcopal Church (Head of Presiding Bishop’s delegation to COP27)
+Metropolitan Serafim Kykotis
Dr. Ahmad Safi, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe
María Luisa Navas Zorrilla, Consejo de Iglesias de Cuba
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, Climate Justice Ambassador, ACT Alliance
Erick Boniphas Kapira, Youth Leader, Lutheran World Federation
Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, director, Humanitarian and Global Ecumenical Engagement, Presbyterian Church (USA)
Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, General Secretary, ACT Alliance
Angelious Michael, National Council of Churches in India
Canon Rachel Mash, Green Anglicans (Anglican Church of Southern Africa)
Geert van Dartel, President, Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Netherlands
Christien Crouwel, Secretary General, Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Netherlands
Rev. Fletcher Harper, Expect Director, GreenFaith
Sisters of Charity Federation
Rev. Dr. Rima Nasrallah, Eco-Justice Unit, Middle East Council of Churches
Tonderai Muzhinji, Climate YES, Green Anglican, Zimbabwe Environmental Care Network (Zimbabwe)
International Presentation Association
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd
Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, Inc.
Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Director of Advocacy, Presbyterian Church (USA)
Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo, GreenFaith
Floris Faber, ACT Alliance EU
Dr. Beth Blissman, Loretto at the UN
Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul USA
Martha Justice Ministry, Sisters of St. Martha, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Mark Ereira-Guyer, Director, European Network on Religion & Belief
Ruth Faber, CEO, EU-CORD network
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Edmund Rice International Geneva and New York
Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Loreto Generalate
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University
Rev. Dr. Lesmore Gibson Ezekiel, DOP, All Africa Conference of Churches
Dr. Tinashe Gumbo, Economic and Ecological Justice Executive Secretary, All Africa Conference of Churches (and Africa Faith Actors Network on Climate Justice)
Fondazione Proclade Internazionale-onlus – Claretian Missionaries
Rev. Dennis Nthenge, Green Anglican Movement Kenya, MALIZINGIRA
Rev. Christine B. Benoit, Anglican Diocese of Seychelles, Anglican Church of the Indian Ocean
Paul Parker, Recording Clerk, Quakers in Britain
Laura Meloy, Youth leader for Lutheran World Federation, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Katarina Kuhnert, ELCIC Carbon Neutral Task Force, Lutheran World Federation
Rev. Shede Habila, Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, Youth Delegate of the Lutheran World Federation
Rev. Raj Kiran Kunja, Youth Leader & Youth Pastor for Lutheran World Federation, GSELC – Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran church in India
Jan Dostal, Youth Leader, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Czech Brethren, Lutheran World Federation
Maua Maro, Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church
Fatima Yesenia Reina Monterrosa, Salvadoran Lutheran Church
Romario Dohmann, Evangelical Lutheran Church of the River Plate
Pax Christi International
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