I am excited about attending the COP22 meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco.
COP22 is an important meeting as we are faced with climate change and environmental crisis. Much needs to be done as religious groups and government bodies try to work towards climate justice. I am happy to be part of the World Council of Churches’ delegation to COP22. The World Council of Churches puts a high priority on the work of climate justice and creation care.
You can find out more information about the COP22 meeting by clicking on this link.
COP22: Marrakesh Climate Change Conference
The twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) and the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) will be held in Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November 2016.
On 5 October 2016, the threshold for entry into force of the Paris Agreement was achieved. The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016. As a result, the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1) will take place in Marrakech in conjunction with COP 22 and CMP 12.
The WCC and climate change
Care for creation and justice are at the centre of WCC work on climate change. The Bible teaches the wholeness of creation and calls human beings to take care of the garden of Eden (Gen 2:15). The God of the Bible is a God of justice who protects, loves and cares for the most vulnerable among his creatures.
The present world development model is threatening the lives and livelihoods of many, especially among the world’s poorest people, and destroying biodiversity. The ecumenical vision is to overcome this model based on over-consumption and greed.
Since the 1970s, the WCC has helped develop the concept of sustainable communities. Since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted in 1992, the WCC has been present at all UN climate change conferences.
Over the years, the WCC helped foster a movement for climate justice touching millions of people around the world, including thousands of congregations who rang their bells for fair and ambitious climate action in 2009 and are connected in prayer each year during Time for Creation.
For more information, you can read my blogs on Climate Justice:
“Lack of Water Justice Endangers Peace and Good Life”
Making Peace with the Earth Edited by Grace Ji-Sun Kim