Environment

A PC(USA) contingent in Dubai shares some of their thoughts as COP28 draws to a close

The provisional total for the 28th Conference on the Parties (COP28) suggests that 97,372 delegates registered to attend the summit in person. With a further 3,074 attending virtually, this takes the overall total to 100,446. These numbers easily make the Dubai event the largest COP in history. The first climate COP – held in Berlin in 1995 – had 3,969 delegates. Among those nearly 100,000 delegates were four Presbyterians, including Alethia White, World Mission’s Co-Regional Liaison for Northern and Central Europe, for whom this event was a first. “Some of the most beautiful parts of COP for me was the way in which it is, in a lot of ways, a microcosm of the whole globe, really. And we are all here because we are committed to caring about this issue of climate change.”

COP28 pledges not enough to limit warming to 1.5C

A draft  of the new commitments out of COP28 climate summit will not be enough on their own to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), as the UN climate conference in Dubai headed into the final phase this week.

COP28 reaches a midpoint

Despite a commendable start of COP28 with the operationalization of the Loss and Damage Fund, the first week at COP28 ended Wednesday with a stall on some of the most critical issues.

Global climate talks begin Nov. 30 in Dubai

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be keeping a close eye on global climate talks Nov. 30-Dec. 12 in Dubai’s Expo City on the Arabian Peninsula.

Three scholars headline Presbyterians for Earth Care webinar on Pope Francis’ ‘Laudate Deum’

A theologian, a scientist and a Hebrew Bible scholar stepped into a Presbyterians for Earth Care webinar last week, and the result was an informative exploration of Pope Francis’ Oct. 4 Apostolic Exhortation, “Laudate Deum,” which implores “all people of good will” to turn from their consumptive lifestyle and care for God’s Creation before it’s too late. Watch the 72-minute webinar, hosted by PEC Moderator the Rev. Bruce Gillette, here.