Posts By: Rebecca Barnes

Summary Report on COP25

REPORT ON COP25 December 2-15, 2019 Madrid, Spain INTRODUCTION: The annual United Nations meeting on climate change (known as the Conference of the Parties that have signed the international convention on climate change that was signed at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, and entered into force in 1994) met in Madrid, Spain. As this… Read more »

Earth Day Sunday 2020: The Fierce Urgency of Now

PC(USA) is a founding member of the ecumenical Creation Justice Ministries. Rev. Rebecca Barnes, Presbyterian Hunger Program Coordinator, is the president of the board, and Christian Brooks, Domestic Policy Analyst for the Office of Public Witness, is also a board member. The Presbyterian Hunger Program is a proud supporter of Earth Day Sunday, with its… Read more »

COP 25 demonstration met with strong security

Christian Brooks of the Office of Public Witness (OPW), staff of Presbyterian Mission Agency, sent the below snapshots of how a demonstration on Wednesday on the urgency of climate change was met with strong force. Participants from COP 25, particularly indigenous leaders who felt that their voices were not being heard, disrupted the main meeting… Read more »

Week Two of UN Climate Talks (COP 25) in Madrid

Dialogue continues among countries as the COP 25 in Madrid. Faith communities created a statement on climate justice. PC(USA) is one of many signers. Read the Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change for COP25 Madrid 2019. One source for coverage of official events as well as side events is the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) produced by… Read more »

Climate talks continue, climate march, ongoing witness

While last week negotiations were navigated by many staff representatives of member nations, this week the country ministers with higher political positions arrive to finalize and continue negotiations. Observers and participants continue to learn and share and to demand strong action from all the governments of the world. This weekend included a climate march in… Read more »

Climate Justice Can’t Wait; We’re Still In!

Photos from our delegation at the United Nations COP 25 in Madrid, as important and exciting learning and action continue to happen. (Photo credits to Sue Rheem, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations).

December 4 at United Nations climate talks

The learning continues in Madrid as around-the-clock workshops, panels, conversations, dialogues, negotiations and events continue to unfold. Sue Rheem, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, continues to share snapshots of the PC(USA) delegation experience at this COP 25 so far.  Thank you Sue for keeping us all in the loop!  

COP 25 in Madrid continues

The PC(USA) delegation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP) 25 continues to participate in and observe exciting events and dialogues.   Bee Moorhead and Neddy Astudillo got to be part of a faith partners conversation with Speaker Nancy Pelosi   Photos from the Presbyterian Ministry at the… Read more »

United Nations Climate Talks– Presbyterians Present

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 25th Conference of the Parties (COP 25) began Dec 2, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. Among attendees are Presbyterians and ecumenical and interfaith partners. PC(USA)-related observers this year will include Rev. William Somplatsky-Jarman (former Coordinator of Mission Responsibility Through Investment and the Environmental Justice Office, Presbyterian Mission Agency),… Read more »

Add your name to support carbon pricing!

Written by Courtney Forbes A team of Presbyterians affiliated with Citizens Climate Lobby have drafted a letter to Presbyterian Members of Congress. The epistle draws attention to the support of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 763) by the PC (USA). You may read the generic document here. The letter is a living… Read more »