Posts Categorized: Environment

Equal Exchange: Living Out Matthew 25

As part of the Matthew 25 commitment, congregations and presbyteries pledge to embrace one or more of these three areas of focus: Building congregational vitality by deepening and energizing our faith and growing as joyful leaders and disciples actively engaged with our community as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed…. 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 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: Virtual Opportunities

Youth Gather around speaker at copy As COP26 continues in Scotland we are thankful for the opportunities to follow along here at home. Presbyterians across the US have their minds and prayers turned toward Glasgow. Presbyterian Janet Cox, Founding member of the Cool Planet Group, a Ist Presbyterian Palo Alto member, the Fossil Free PC(USA) representative to Detroit and Portland General… Read more »

Glasgow: Welcome to COP26

COP26 Signs COP26 kicked off in Glasgow, Scotland  this weekend and will run until Nov. 12. This gathering will bring together delegates from nearly 200 nations to work toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing global warming. Along with world leaders, many other people turn out for the annual event, including representatives from faith and environmental groups,… 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 »