COP26: Climate crisis requires urgent action
Call to sign a petition addressed at COP presidency
(LWI) – The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), with the Global Action and Prayer Chain for Climate Justice, is calling on governments to ramp up their efforts and commitments to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
LWF member churches and individuals are invited to sign a petition addressed to the UN climate summit. It will be delivered in Glasgow in November.
“The climate crisis is already affecting millions of people. As people of faith, we stand with the most vulnerable and advocate for their human rights and the care for creation worldwide,” said Elena Cedillo, LWF Program Executive for Climate Justice.
“Governments can act decisively in a crisis”
“The current COVID-19 crisis has shown clearly that governments can act decisively in a crisis if they choose to do so,” the petition states. “The climate crisis is not going away and without urgent action could cause catastrophic harms.”
With the window of opportunity to limit global warming to 1.5°C rapidly closing, the petition calls on governments to
- put in place legislation, policies, and measures to achieve this target,
- implement solutions that prioritize protecting people, planet, and ecosystems over profit,
- put in place the policies and legislation to achieve global net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest,
- put carbon-neutral nature-based solutions at the heart of their climate action, especially to improve the resilience of communities, including indigenous peoples, and countries to climate impacts, based on locally-led ecosystem preservation and restoration.
- Also, climate finance needs to be urgently and significantly scaled up for poor and vulnerable countries and communities on the frontline of the climate crisis.
“The petition will be handed over to the presidency at an event with several faith traditions during COP26 in Glasgow,” added Cedillo.
By LWF/A. Weyermüller
The LWF participates in the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) which takes place in Glasgow, Scotland, from 31 October to 12 November. This engagement is part of the communion’s ongoing focus to strengthen climate action and advocacy at all levels. Young people are vital agents of change and form the greater part of the LWF’s delegation to COP26.