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Eco-Justice Journey

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Interfaith Liaison Committee call to COP28

As previously mentioned here, on November 30, 2023, the first day of COP28- the UN climate conference- in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, people of faith, including members of the PC(USA) COP delegation gathered at Christ Church, Jebal Ali, to hold a Talanoa dialogue, helping to define the call from people of faith to COP28.8 December… Read more »

COP28 Reaches Midpoint

Despite a commendable start of COP28 with the operationalization of the Loss and Damage Fund, the first week at COP28 ended yesterday with a stall on some of the most critical issues. Negotiators from the almost 200 countries gathered in Dubai are handing over their work to their countries’ ministers for the next stage in… Read more »

Vulnerability and Climate Finance

Group of protestors at COP28 hold blue Loss and Damage signs By Niko Humalisto, originally appeared here. The distribution of the $100-billion-dollar climate finance commitment sparks competition among developing countries vying to be primary recipients of support. Notably, many African least developed countries (LDCs) haven’t received aid from the key UN fund for climate action. Prioritising these limited finances for actions yielding the most benefits aligns with the… Read more »

Loss and damage in the Horn of Africa- A COP28 Reflection

By Vincent Ondieki, originally appearing here. The World Meteorological Organization reports that increasing temperatures and sea levels, changing precipitation patterns, and more extreme weather are threatening human health and safety, food and water security, and socio-economic development in the Horn of Africa. They further note that climate variability and climate change are major obstacles to… Read more »

Fossil fuel phase-out on the table at COP28

Countries at the COP28 climate conference are considering calling for a formal phase-out of fossil fuels as part of the U.N. summit’s final deal to tackle global warming, a draft negotiating text seen on Tuesday shows. (To track negotiation drafts texts at COP28 click here.)DECEMBER 5: General view of “Don’t Fuel The Fire: Fossil Fuels Phase Out”… Read more »

Blue or Green? COP Zones

For those not familiar with the UNFCC and COP structure and process, the language to talk about the event can be confusing. Even our delegation is learning there’s always so much to learn at every new new COP since they are held each year in a new country! One thing they have in common is… Read more »

COP28 in the news

There are lots of stories in the news right now about the happenings of COP28 in Dubai. Here are five that caught our attention today! 1) Over 40 million health professionals demand bold health and climate action at COP283 December 2023, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: A group of doctors and nurses gather to speak up… Read more »

WCC general secretary: “We have to speak up for justice”

Group Photo In a sermon during an ecumenical service at COP28, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay set the tone for faith-based involvement: churches must speak and act for climate justice. “There are many crying out to be heard, to be considered, to be cared for and loved,” said Pillay. “Yet we continue… Read more »

COP28 Unveiled: Uniting, Acting, and Delivering in Dubai

by Christina Cosby, Domestic Policy Representative in the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness The mantra “Unite. Act. Deliver.” grounds UN Parties and Observers alike as COP28 kicks off in the heart of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai’s Expo City. Today marked the beginning of our COP28 experience. in line to retrieve our… Read more »

Will world leaders at COP28 care for Creation?

The UN climate summit, COP28, is just beginning. Over the next two weeks world leaders will take decisions which will affect our future. As Christians, we believe that we have duty to care for Creation as we should care for our neighbors and ensure that hope is kept alive. I do hope that world leaders… Read more »