Posts Categorized: Current Affairs

Returning To Where Everything Started

Chainlink fence with prayer ribbons As people of faith concerned about the climate crisis, there are two origin stories that may guide and concern us as we ponder how we ought to live in the world today. One is the Genesis story, which establishes our faith in the God of Creation, and our particular role in nature. Another, is the… Read more »

Being Salmon, Being Human

Book Cover A COP26 Virtual Performance The virtual Green Zone at COP26 is offering the opportunity to see the acclaimed storytelling and yoik (musical tradition of the indigenous people of Norway) performance “Being Salmon, Being Human” is inspired by Dr. Martin Lee Mueller’s award-winning book by the same name. The performance takes us on a journey through… Read more »

COP26: Consumer Impacts and Climate Change

Plastic Fast Facts Graphic As consumers it’s important that we see the connection between our choices and their impact on the environment. Consumers are responsible for 60-70% of all direct and indirect emissions. While It is important to keep in mind that this impact varies, depending on income level (research suggests there is at least a 10-fold difference in… Read more »

Cop26: Gender Justice Critical for Climate Action

Worship Leaders Procession Tuesday’s  COP26 theme turns the attention toward gender. Topics today will address not only the ways in which women, girls and marginalized people are disproportionately impacted by climate change, but also the importance of their leadership and participation in driving solutions. By working collaboratively, governments, civil society, and businesses can advance gender equality in climate… Read more »

COP26 Daily Theme: Impacts of Extreme Weather

Man holding carbon sign As the second week of negotiations at COP26 begins, the theme for the day turns to the impact of extreme weather, environmental degradation and rising sea levels and what is being done – and can be done – to adapt. Research indicates that climate change could push over 100 million people into poverty by 2030…. Read more »

Cop26: Friday Update

Marchers at Cop26 gathering A week into the two-week meeting, pledges to phase out coal power, ease access for developing countries to climate financing and cut methane emissions have made headlines as the negotiations continue. Today, Friday, was “youth and public empowerment” day at COP26, with events designed to reach across generations and other lines. This youth audience was… Read more »

Peacemaker Lifts Up Importance of COP26

From an island in the Pacific Ocean, Frances Namoumou recently made a peacemaking pilgrimage to the Presbytery of the James in central Virginia. Appearing via Zoom, the International Peacemaker discussed how climate change is negatively impacting her home country of Fiji and neighboring islands in the region. As the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) takes place through Nov. 12,… Read more »

COP26 important for Pacific islands at the frontline of global climate change

“COP26 is important because if this doesn’t work, then we’re in serious danger. It’s already obvious that many of the targets set during the Paris agreement in 2015 have not been met,” says James Bhagwan, general secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches, with passion and sadness tinging his voice, the World Council of Churches reported…. Read more »

In Response to the UN’s IPCC Report

Golden Gate Park with orange sky background The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) sixth assessment report provides clear scientific documentation that our world is truly in crisis. While it could be easy to be overwhelmed with the weight of this heavy news, our prayer is that it can also be a source of inspiration to continue critical work and activism… Read more »