The realities of climate change are being felt intensely in communities across the country, and the 2020 elections are poised to determine our fate. Advocacy is increasing, but opposition remains formidable. How can we make climate a winning issue in 2020, and make certain our leaders implement policies that ensure a healthy, just and prosperous… Read more »
By Bob Taylor, retired PC(USA) pastor and volunteer with Citizens Climate Lobby Our denomination has for decades identified and directed ways Presbyterians can faithfully respond to the climate crisis. For years we have focused on improving energy efficiencies and reducing our carbon footprint. Also, we identified a mission responsibility through our investments in fossil fuel… Read more »
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 »
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 »
by Katie Carter, Associate for Research, Policy and Information, Office of Faith-Based Investing & Corporate Engagement On Thursday, January 16th, the Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) approved recommendations for companies to be added to the General Assembly Divestment/ Proscription list (2020 list here). These recommendations included in MRTI’s report to the 224th General… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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).
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!
“The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed.” — Psalm 9:9