Posts Categorized: Climate Change

Winners or Losers – Re-learning Solidarity

Written by Burkhard Paetzold, Regional Liaison for Western and Central Europe and Roma Reflection #3  from COP24, Katowice Dec 6, 2018 Quite frankly, you can smell it everywhere – Katowice is a coal city. I spotted a winding tower right downtown on the way from my hotel, but learned, it is a museum now. And… Read more »

Reflection from COP 24

Written by Burkhard Paetzold, Presbyterian Church (USA), World Mission Regional Liaison Central and Western Europe and Roma What a privilege to be along with other PCUSA observers at the COP24 in Katowice/Poland. It’s my first COP event and I feel there is so much to share, enough to write a blog. But I have to say,… Read more »

PC(USA) at the United Nations COP 24

Right now, Presbyterian staff and volunteers and many ecumenical friends are traveling or just arrived in Katowice, Poland, for the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s “Conference of the Parties” (COP) 24. Since the original 1992 agreement between nations in Rio de Janeiro, there have been annual meetings, and we are at the… Read more »

Serving Up Climate Conversations for Thanksgiving

From PC(USA) partner Blessed Tomorrow: It’s that time of year again. Pumpkins are being carved, meals are being prepared, and most importantly, families are gathering. Thanksgiving is a time to catch up with loved ones, feast, and be thankful. Given the many extreme weather events that have happened this year, a loved one may have been impacted…. Read more »

72% of Americans Say Climate Solutions Should be a Higher Priority

From PC(USA) partner Blessed Tomorrow: Last month, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their special report outlining the consequence of a changing climate, and the measures necessary to avert the most dangerous scenarios. The report is a collaborative effort of 91 authors, more than 150 contributors, and includes over 42,000 expert and government… Read more »

Climate Change Report Lays out Consequences

At the Presbyterian Hunger Program, this time of the year usually finds our attentions turned towards World Food Day and Food Week of Action. This year however, we also find ourselves focused on the report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change which was released on October 7, 2018 in South Korea. A… Read more »

Serve. Guard. Protect.

The very first command addressed to humanity in the entire Bible is to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion . . .” (Gen 1:28). This always felt very authoritarian. No room for compassion, dignity, or respect. We see humankind displaying this type of dominion when it comes… Read more »

The Earth is the Lord’s: new policy from the General Assembly

Another new policy on engaging with issues of climate change–through preaching, embodying, advocating and proclaiming eco-justice– passed last month by the General Assembly environment committee and then by the General Assembly itself is below. In support of our congregations to preach, embody, advocate and proclaim this moral imperative, we are partnering with Blessed Tomorrow, a… Read more »

New Environmental Policies passed by the PC(USA) General Assembly

For the first time, General Assembly had an entire committee devoted to Environmental Issues. This committee learned about, discussed, and gave advise to the plenary around topics such as: environmental racism, preaching and teaching about climate change and other environmental concerns, the Precautionary Principle, carbon pricing (fee and dividend), and the most debated and crucial… Read more »