LWF Delegation Mobilizes at COP21 Paris

LWF President, Bishop Munib Younan, General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge and young council members advocate for climate justice. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
LWF President, Bishop Munib Younan, General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge and young council members advocate for climate justice. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey

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30 November - 11 December, Paris, France will be the scene of a concerted global effort to mobilize action on climate change.

For the LWF, climate change is a question of justice, peace, the care for creation, and human rights. It is also a question of justice between people, nations, and generations. As a young delegation, and people of faith, we have an intergenerational responsibility to care for creation and stand in solidarity with our neighbor. 

Because the LWF wants to be part of the solution, in June 2015, its Council voted not invest in fossil fuels.

The LWF at COP 21 in Paris

The LWF's interest in climate change is not new.  In fact, institutional memory on matters involving climate change and climate justice dates back to 1977 at the Sixth LWF Assembly in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and since 2013, the LWF Climate Delegation has been making its presence known at COP negotiations, advocating for climate justice and standing in solidarity with those most impacted by the effects of climate change. 

This year, the LWF Climate Delegation will be at the forefront at COP21 in Paris to advocate for climate justice on behalf of the entire LWF communion.  Comprised of seven young people from various nations, the LWF delegation will participate in a number of activites, including the final "Fast for the Climate” campaign, which ends on 1 December.  

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    Agenda

    28 November Interfaith Day: Les religions pour le climat / Religions for climate justice Welcoming of pilgrims, handing over of religious petition to political leaders; closed interfaith panel discussion
    30 November COP 21 Negotiations Begin Interfaith Dialogue: Faith Action on Global Climate Change
    1 December "Fast and Feast for the Climate" activities and delegation panel discussions in the Climate Generation Areas Handing out "menus" to leaders and negotiators, panel discussion: "Working Across Civil Societies - Climate, Hunger, Faith" and breaking of Fast
    2 December Delegation visits with LWF French member churches President of UPCF, President of the Malagasy Protestant Church and President of the French Protestant Federation, Climate Forum with LWF Climate Delegation
    3 December Delegation visits with LWF French member churches Meetings with the President of the Union of Protestant Churches to discuss climate justice in a French context
    3 December Ecumenical Celebration By invitation only
    5 December Youth Day Taize Service, Youth day for the climate
    5-6 December 2015 People's Climate Summit
    7-11 December 2015 Climate Action Zone (ZAC)
    12 December 2015 Mass Action for Climate Justice
     
    Begins
    7:30 AM GMT+02:00
    26 November 2015
    Ends
    8:00 PM GMT+02:00
    12 December 2015

    Themes

    Climate Change
    Climate Justice
    Fast for the Climate. Interfaith. COP 21

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