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What is COP 24?

Monica Lambton, Coordinator, JPIC

This is on the Global Catholic Climate Movement website.

Every year for 24 years, the nations of the world have gathered in the UN-convened “Conference of the Parties” (COP) to discuss solutions to the climate crisis. A peak in this process was achieved at COP21, which was held in Paris in 2015 and saw the creation of the Paris climate agreement to limit green-house gas emissions.

This year, the 24th Conference of the Parties will be held in Katowice, Poland. Nations are taking the next steps in implementing the historic agreement reached in Paris. The big questions are how ambitious they will be and what rules they will establish to govern their emissions reductions.

To learn more, go to the Global Catholic Climate.

Join the Polish Church in A Prayer for the COP 24 Climate Summit

I found this prayer on the Global Catholic Climate Network website. The people in Poland have been praying this prayer for the success of the COP24 Summit currently taking place in their country. Remember 3 years ago, we supported the Congregation’s Corporate Stance on Climate Change. It read: “Our Demand - Faced with the extreme urgency of the situation, we strongly call upon you the Heads of State, to make a firm, concerted and binding commitment to definitely halt global warming and to immediately counteract its resulting catastrophic consequences. For our part, we commit to support the positive decisions you will make on that matter.”

As St. John Paul II said in 1990, “The ‘greenhouse effect’ [climate change] has now reached crisis proportions as a consequence of industrial growth, massive urban concentrations and vastly increased energy needs. Industrial waste, the burning of fossil fuels, unrestricted deforestation… are known to harm the atmosphere and environment… I wish to repeat that the ecological crisis is a moral issue.”

Leader: Let us pray as Pope Francis taught us in ‘Laudato Si’:

Assembly: Creator God, please guide us. Help us to act in love and courage to honour You, O Creator, and to fulfill our role as protectors of the Earth, our common home. The poor and the earth are crying out. O Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life, to prepare for a better future, for the coming of your Kingdom of justice, peace, love and beauty. Amen.


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