Crowd of indigenous people inside conference venue.

As COP26 was drawing to a close, a long trail of civil society representatives, led on by indigenous peoples from Latin America, marched through the venue in Glasgow in protest against the apparent political inaction to address the climate emergency.


“The science of climate change is implacable, not amenable to negotiation, and unforgiving of political short-termism,” the statement reads. “This is the last crucial decade for climate action to avoid the catastrophe long foretold. In Glasgow our political leaders have once again procrastinated on taking the actions that the climate emergency demands, and diminished the window of opportunity for taking that action.”

The WCC executive committee acknowledged a series of important new initiatives taken to mitigate the climate crisis, and appealed for “a fundamental conversion – a metanoia – in all our nations, societies, churches and communities, away from the destructive exploitative path which has led us to this precipice, towards a just and sustainable future.”

The WCC executive committee is meeting—in-person for the first time in two years—from 12-17 November at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute.

Read full statement: Statement on the outcome of COP26

WCC executive committee member shares reflection on “how are we called to act in love and justice?” (WCC press release of 15 November 2021)

WCC executive committee “reimagining the future” with a sense of hope (WCC press release of 12 November 2021)

WCC executive committee to hold first in-person meeting in two years (WCC press release of 12 November 2021)