Community and Global - COP26

As climate change is affecting the poorest in our communities (both locally and globally) and those without a voice (future generations and animals and plant species), many Christians feel compelled to speak out for climate justice.

 

Climate Justice and COP26 International Climate Change Talks

“For COP, we need concrete action now mainly from the finance institutions supported by regulation I think, to let low carbon investment blossom and fossil fuel investments drop to nothing. Things like border tax adjustments, announcements on coal, electric car charging. money flows to adaptation in hard hit countries and decisions on offsetting... the list goes on, but it needs to happen now and not wait.” 

Professor Piers Forster, Director of the Priestly International Centre, University of Leeds and a lead author of the IPCC reports

Click on the picture to watch an interview with Prof Piers Forster

 

What is COP 26?

And why is this Conference of Parties (COP) so significant for all of us who depend on God's creation for our survival? 

Good COP, bad COP - What is COP26 and why is it so important? Article (which could be published in your parish magazine)

 

What are faith groups asking for at COP26?

The Make COP Count Coalition have released a series of briefing documents for faith groups outlining key demands for the international decision makers at COP26 in November. These papers can be used to upskill your congregation, to equip you with letter writing or conversations with your MP and more.

Summary Paper   Ending financial support for fossil fuels   “Loss and Damage” finance

Quick Action Stations! There’s A COP coming! Article (which could be published in your parish magazine)

Don't COP out! COP and your Church - Timeline to COP26

What will you and your church get involved in to raise awareness, campaign and pray for action for a just tranistion to a low carbon global economy? There are a plethera of local and national events to choose from: 

Date

Event

Location

Suggested Action

Event Details or Resources

Anytime

Make COP Count

National

Write/speak to your MP

The Make COP Count Coalition.

1 Sept – 4 Oct

Creationtide

International

Celebrate in your personal and church worship

The Season of Creation or Creationtide is a relatively new addition to the church year, dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life. A wide range of off the shelf worship material are available on the Church of England website here and Diocesan website here.

5 Sept

National Climate Sunday

National

Watch the national service

Hold your own Climate Sunday Service anytime. Details and resources

12 Sept 9am

Climate Sunday Online Service

 

Online

Watch the national service

This Church of England online service will be a Climate Sunday service

Led by Giles Goddard, with footage from the YCCN relay, letting people know what they can do in the run up to COP, and featuring some of the DEOs doing readings and prayers. Find the service here.

18-26 Sept

Great Big Green Week

National

Hold an event

Details

14-26 Sept

YCCN Relay

Marsden to Leeds to York to Ripon

Walk with the young people for one of the days. Join in with one of the events.

Yong Christian Climate Network walk from the G7 in Cornwall to COP26 in Glasgow  Details

14 Sept

Welcome for YCCN Relay as it comes into the diocese

St Bartholomew’s Church Marsden

Come along

Short service in church about 7.30pm following a welcome meal at 6pm

15 Sept

4.40 and 5.30pm

Welcome gathering and service for YCCN relay

St Peter’s Gardens and Church

Come along

Welcome gathering in St Peter’s Gardens , 4-4.30pm with Bishop of Huddersfield and other special guests.  .

Evening service in St Peter’s 5.30pm

16 Sept

Welcome gathering and service for YCCN relay

Drighlington Methodist Church

Come along

Welcome including new MP Kim Leadbeater (sister of late Jo Cox)

17 Sept 4.30pm

Prayer in the Square (YCCN Relay)

Leeds City Square

Come along

Join in welcoming the YCCN young people and praying for COP26. Details

26 Sept

10.30am

Harvest service

Ripon Cathedral

Come along

The YCCN walkers will be welcomed at this service

6 Oct 4pm

Welcome to Camino to COP: A People’s Walk for the Planet

Bentham

Come along

Ingleborough and Bentham Churches will be welcoming the 5oo or so pilgrims on the Camino to COP at Great Stone of Fourstones, above Bentham 4 pm and then at the Methodist Church, Station Road for food, sharing of stories

8 Oct 4.30pm

Rise to the Moment

Gateway Church Leeds

Make prayer boats at your church.

Come along

A launch event for a flotilla of origami boats carrying our prayers and hopes for climate justice.

Details

9 Oct

Saying Yes to Life Conference

York

Attend the online day conference to upskill

Details

14 Oct

Interfaith Climate Change Confernce

Halifax Minster

Come along

For Calderdale and Inter Faith groups in the North Details.

16 Oct

Diocesan Synod

 

Pray for the Diocese as we start our Saving Creation: carbon net zero journey

Discussion on the Diocesan Saving Creation Carbon Net Zero strategy

17-18 Oct

Faith 4 Climate Justice Action Banner drop

Cathedrals

Please share on social media

Faith for the Climate

30 Oct

6-6.30pm

Ring out for the Climate

 

Your Church?

Ring your bells

Church bells have traditionally been used as warnings, and this time the danger to humanity couldn’t be greater – we are facing a Code Red for humanity. Details

1-12 Nov

Cover COP26 in Prayer

Your home or church

Take time out to pray

The daily Cover COP26 in Prayer emails are designed to help you spend about 10 minutes in prayer each day at this important time. Praying for good outcomes for God’s creation and all of us who depended on it. 

Sign up to receive the 12 daily mailings here

 

1 Nov 7.30-8.30pm

Cover COP26 in Prayer Launch Prayer Meeting

Online

Come alone online

Come together with others from across the Diocese to pray on the first day of the international climate change talks. 7.30-8.30pm online. Hosted by St Mark's Church Harrogate. No need to book, just join the online meeting using the link

2 Nov 5-6pm

Green Showcase From COP

Online

Register and watch

Hear from churches, schools and Christian organisations who are leading the way with innovative responses to climate change and projects to protect the natural world. Green Showcase Live

6 Nov

COP26 Global Day of Action

In a location near you

Join a march

On Saturday 6 November, people across the UK and the world will join marches and events to speak out against the injustice of the climate crisis. Find out more.

7 Nov

COP Church Service

Online

Sign up and make this your Sunday service on 7 Nov

On the middle Sunday during the COP26 summit, Tearfund will host our COP26 church service, along with churches throughout the UK. This international climate-themed service is simple but effective way for your church to join in with prayer and worship for climate justice at a crucial moment. Details 

13 Nov 7pm

Screening of the film "2040"

Online or in person at St Mark’s Church Harrogate

Register to view the film

What could the future look like? Join us to watch this inspiring film which takes us on a journey to 2040 to explore what the future could look like if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet.

Watch the trailer here

Contact St Mark's to book for the in person screening.

Book to see the film online here

 

Hope for the Future provides resources and support to help your church and community speak with your MP about climate justice.

On a visit to Fiji over a year ago for the Regional Primates’ Meeting of the Oceania Region, I saw how climate change has already begun to impact the lives of local people. One of them told me, and these are words I will never forget, "For you Europeans, climate change is a problem for the future. For us it is a problem of everyday survival".
Archbishop Justin Welby

Roundhay Churches meet MP

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