Read our post-COP21 statement: Now the hard work really starts
Read the joint statement by the World Evangelical Alliance, the Lausanne Creation Care Network, A Rocha International and Tearfund:
- English: Global Evangelical Leaders Welcome Paris Climate Agreeement as Historical Agreement
- Spanish: Los líderes evangélicos del mundo dan la bienvenida al acuerdo climático de París como un logro histórico
- French: L’Accord de Paris sur le Climat accueilli comme un Accomplissement Historique par les Responsables Evangéliques Mondiaux
- Portuguese (Brazil): Líderes evangélicos globais recebem o acordo climático de Paris como um feito histórico
Working with partners, including Tearfund and the Lausanne Movement, A Rocha advocated for and engaged COP attendees and campaigners in climate-based creation care. Events and activities included:
Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 December
An A Rocha prayer vigil at Alésia Church, Paris
Friday 4 December
A Rocha panel discussion/conversation: A Climate for Change: Conservation and Faith in the Salle 7 Climate Generations Areas (part of the COP21 Le Bourget site)
Panel speakers included atmospheric scientist Dr Katharine Hayhoe, the Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance, Bishop Efraim Tendero, A Rocha International’s Director of Theology, Rev Dave Bookless, and the Director of Climate Stewards, Caroline Pomeroy.
Saturday 5 December
What was it like to be in Paris? Hear from some A Rocha team members
COP21: the Paris agreement
The outcome was hailed as ‘historic’, as, for the first time ever, nearly 200 countries were able to come to a single agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
So what did the world’s nations agree to?
- To keep the global temperature increase ‘well below’ 2°C and ‘endeavour to limit’ it even more, to 1.5°C.
- To ensure that the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity are balanced by the amount that trees, soil and oceans can naturally absorb.
- To review each country’s contribution to carbon emission reductions every five years.
- To ensure that rich countries help poorer countries through the provision of ‘climate finance’ – helping them to adapt to climate change and switch to renewable energy.
The reaction throughout the world has been overwhelmingly one of relief and gladness. It’s a time to rejoice, to give thanks to God for a deal which recognises the urgent need for all nations to work together for the common good. And it’s a time to continue praying, that the promises will be fulfilled.
Want to know more?
Read a brief nature conservation perspective by the RSPB
Read a personal, faith-based reflection on the process and outcome by Dr Martin Hodson on the JRI website
Read the Climate Stewards blog posts:
What else is A Rocha doing?
Climate change is not a temporary concern for A Rocha (read our position statement). Climate change affects every living thing: species distribution on land and sea; migration patterns of birds, insects and other animals; and the timing of plant germination, including, of course, our crops.
Therefore, climate change affects everything A Rocha does: our research, our tropical forest restoration programme, our advocacy and teaching, our community training activities. Please support our ongoing work by donating at arocha.org/donate
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