The Conference of Parties (COP) 27 continues through this week in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. These global climate talks are crucial for keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, which scientists have stated is the threshold to keep disastrous climate effects at bay.
Faith leaders are also present in Egypt holding events and workshops, including Interfaith Power & Light staff. You can read their blogs here. Also, of note:
—COP 27 website on latest issues
—Informal Interfaith Events that you can join virtually
—Latest update on Alaa Abdel Fattah, Egyptian political prisoner whose plight hopes to gain international attention to human rights abuses in Egypt
—President Biden’s address to COP 27 on Friday, November 11
—Main foci of COP 27: including financial assistance and environmental justice
—“Loss and Damage” Issue – this Reuters article provides great information on many issues, particularly the moral responsibility that wealthy countries have to financially assist less-wealthy countries in adaptation measures and recovery from severe weather situations.
We all pray for strong, implementable commitments from the international community. May all leaders be surrounded with a “field of compassion” in which the inter-connection of all Creation be recognized.
As COP 27 began, young activists fought to ensure that Loss and Damage be a key discussion point.