Part of massive global demonstrations for urgent action on climate change, inspired by young climate activist Greta Thunberg in Sweden. In Brighton, UK, thousands of school students skipped school and demonstrated. 350.org calculated that around 1.4 million students took part globally.

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Cuidado de la Creación y justicia climática

El cuidado de la creación y la justicia están en el centro de trabajo del CMI sobre el cambio climático. La Biblia enseña la totalidad de la creación y pide los seres humanos que cuiden el jardín del Edén (Génesis 2:15). A la vez, el Dios de la Biblia es un Dios de justicia que protege, ama y cuida de los más vulnerables entre sus criaturas.

El cuidado de la Creación y la justicia están en el centro de la labor del CMI sobre el cambio climático. La Biblia nos enseña la integridad de la Creación y exhorta a los seres humanos a cuidar del huerto de Edén (Gn 2:15). El Dios de la Biblia es un Dios de justicia que protege, ama y cuida a los más vulnerables de entre sus criaturas.

El actual modelo de desarrollo mundial amenaza las vidas y los medios de subsistencia de muchas personas, especialmente entre los más pobres del mundo, y destruye la biodiversidad. La visión ecuménica es vencer a ese modelo basado en el consumismo y la avaricia.

Desde los años setenta, el CMI ha contribuido a desarrollar el concepto de las comunidades sostenibles. Desde que se adoptó la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático en 1992, el CMI ha estado presente en todas las conferencias de la ONU sobre el cambio climático.

A lo largo de los años, el CMI ayudó a promover un movimiento por la justicia climática que afecta a millones de personas de todo el mundo.

Es hora de que haya justicia climática. Cuando la Creación está amenazada, las iglesias y los cristianos están llamados a alzar la voz y actuar como una expresión de su compromiso con la vida, la justicia y el amor.

El informe especial del Grupo Intergubernamental de Expertos sobre el Cambio Climático (IPCC) sobre el calentamiento global de 1,5oC indica que nos encaminamos a superar el límite relativamente seguro de 1,5oC y pone de relieve que solo podemos mantenernos por debajo de este umbral mediante transiciones “rápidas y de gran alcance” en la economía mundial, a una escala y un nivel sin precedentes históricos. En este sentido, estima que las transformaciones necesarias deben realizarse en un plazo que se extingue rápidamente, quizás en apenas un decenio, si queremos evitar las consecuencias catastróficas del cambio climático.

Con este telón de fondo, el CMI aboga incansablemente a favor de la justicia climática en la Conferencia de las Partes en la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático, así como en otros foros. 

 

Recursos:

Declaraciones del Comité Central y del Comité Ejecutivo del CMI sobre la justicia climática:

Statement on COP 24 and a Just Transition to a Sustainable Economy

Statement on the Amazon Under Threat

Statement on Climate Justice

Statement on the US Government’s Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Statement on COP 21

 

Declaraciones del CMI en nombre de grupos religiosos en las sesiones de alto nivel de la Conferencia de las Partes en la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático:

Climate Justice is at the Heart of Just Transitions

To Bonn and Beyond: Act Now with Justice and Peace

The Bond between Decision and Action

We have Hope and the Right to Hope

 

Otros recursos:

Interfaith Reflections on Just Transitions: Linking Climate and Economic Justice

WCC General Secretary Statement on the Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Final Message of the WCC Conference on Just Peace with the Earth

WCC General Secretary Advent Message on the Eve of COP 21

WCC 10thAssembly Minute on Climate Justice 

El Tiempo de la Creación es una época para renovar nuestra relación con el Creador y toda la creación a través de la celebración, la conversión y el compromiso juntos. Durante el Tiempo de la Creación, nos unimos a nuestras hermanas y hermanos de la familia ecuménica en oración y acción por nuestra casa común.

El Patriarca Ecuménico Dimitrios I proclamó el 1 de septiembre como día de oración por la creación para los ortodoxos en 1989. En efecto, el año de la Iglesia Ortodoxa comienza ese día con una conmemoración de cómo Dios creó el mundo.

El Consejo Mundial de Iglesias (CMI) fue fundamental para convertirlo en un tiempo especial, extendiendo la celebración del 1 de septiembre al 4 de octubre.

Tras el Patriarca Ecuménico Dimitrios I y el CMI, los cristianos de todo el mundo han acogido este tiempo como parte de su calendario anual. El Papa Francisco hizo oficial la cálida bienvenida de la Iglesia Católica Romana al Tiempo de la Creación en 2015.

En los últimos años, los líderes religiosos de todo el mundo han formulado declaraciones en las que animan a los fieles a dedicar tiempo a cuidar de la creación durante este mes de celebración.

Este periodo comienza el 1 de septiembre, con la Jornada Mundial de Oración por el Cuidado de la Creación, y termina el 4 de octubre, en la fiesta de San Francisco de Asís, el santo patrón de la ecología amado por muchas denominaciones cristianas.

A lo largo del mes de celebración, los 2.200 millones de cristianos del mundo nos unimos para cuidar de nuestra casa común.

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Following up on a long history of engagement on climate justice in UN climate conferences, the participation of the WCC delegation at COP26, formed by members of the WCC Working Group on Climate Change, representatives of WCC member churches, and WCC staff members, is also an opportunity for WCC to express its concerns about the climate emergency, raising its prophetic voice and bringing to light good practices and strong testimonies from voices of the ecumenical fellowship. Equally important is the opportunity to add spiritual dimensions to the topic and to underline the need for both scientific and religious aspects in order to cope with climate change and promote climate justice. 

 

WCC documents and resources on climate change

WCC executive committee statement on the outcome of COP26
The executive committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) expressed in a public statement “disappointment and dismay at the inadequate outcome of the COP 26 Climate Change Conference” in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

WCC executive committee Statement on the Climate Change Emergency - November 2019

Roadmap for Congregations, Communities and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice
A 5-step programme to change the way we deal with the economy and our ecological surroundings.

Walk the Talk
A Toolkit to Accompany the "Roadmap for Congregations, Communities and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice".

Cooler Earth – Higher Benefits Second Edition
Actions by those who care about children, climate and finance.

Climate Justice with and for Children and Youth in Churches
This toolkit provides resources for churches, church-run schools, and summer camps to support intergenerational climate and environmental justice and promote care for children by stopping further global warming. All churches are encouraged to promote education and action to address climate change, reduce CO2 emissions, and protect the environment in their activities for and with children and youth.

 

 

Key ecumenical and interfaith documents on COP26 and climate change

The Interfaith Talanoa Dialogue Call to COP26 - 11 November 2021
At the opening of the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), more than 200 people from many faith traditions and different parts of the world gathered at the Garnethill Synagogue in Glasgow, physically and virtually. We listened to each other’s stories and reflections on what climate change means from our faith perspectives; we prayed together; and we shared a meal. Using the Talanoa Dialogue methodology from the Pacific we discussed: Where are we now? Where do we want to go? And how do we get there?

Statement from the Faith-Based Organizations to COP26
To the High-Level Ministerial Segment of the 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties – COP26 to the UNFCCC, Glasgow, United Kingdom 10 November 202.

Faith and Science: An Appeal for COP26
On 4 October 2021, faith leaders representing the world’s major religions joined scientists at the Vatican to call on the international community to raise their ambition and step up their climate action ahead of COP26. Almost 40 faith leaders signed a joint Appeal, which was presented by Pope Francis to COP26 President-Designate, the Rt Hon Alok Sharma, and the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Luigi Di Maio.

Call from young Christians to Governments gathered in the Pre COP 26 Milan, 30 September - 2 October
As young members of the Christian family in Italy, it is our hope that COP26 will be a crucial element in addressing the climate crisis. Together, we ask world leaders to take this opportunity of this session to define with determination and ambition measurable goals of climate justice for all.

Call from the Churches to Governments gathered in the Pre COP 26 Milan, 30 September - 2 October
Milan in September 2021 hosted the pre-conference of the parties in the framework of the UN Convention on Climate Change (pre-COP 26), 18 years after the COP 9 which took place in Milan in 2003.

Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration for COP26
Scottish and UK religious leaders have signed a declaration urging governments to take transformational climate action at the COP26 in November.

Joint statement, Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop of Canterbury urge care for future of the planet
For the first time, the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church and Anglican Communion have jointly warned of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty, and the importance of global cooperation.

COP26 Statement from the Bishops of the Church of Sweden
Along with many others, we bishops are looking forward to COP26 with both hope and trepidation. The stakes are tremendously high.

God’s creation – our home
A message from the Bishops’ Conference of the Church of Norway about our Christian calling in the encounter with the climate crisis.

Declaration of the National Council of Churches in India on COP26
Declaration from National Council of Churches in India To the 26th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP26) Of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

An Interfaith Earth Day message in times of Covid 19 and Climate Emergency
Inter-faith group active at UNFCCC conferences response to the postponement of the COP26 - 22nd of April, Earth Day

WCC, WCRC, LWF, CWM letter to G20 finance ministers (July 2020)
The World Council of Churches (WCC), World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Council for World Mission (CWM), have followed with profound concern how the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic crisis have continued to destroy lives and livelihood around the world. To date this has resulted in more than half a million deaths, massive unemployment, increase of debts, poverty, and inequality in many parts of the world.

 

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WCC photo gallery on COP26

Let's not lose sight of the reality of climate chaos.

Climate change isn't an abstract notion for the millions of people who have already suffered its effects through droughts, floods, hurricanes, wild fires, the failure of agriculture and the destruction of infrastructure.

Media discussions are tending to focus on peripheral details of the negotiations and negotiators and it is easy to forget what climate change is about for ordinary people around the world, particularly the poorest.

"These images remind us of the devastating impacts of climate change, and how dangerous it is for all of us if we don't act now. Let's not lose sight of the reality of climate chaos. We call on negotiators to agree on urgent and concrete actions to curb Greenhouse Gas emissions" said James Bhagwan, Gen. Sec. of the Pacific Conference of Churches.

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