We have created a comms pack for Climate Fringe Week event hosts which includes:
- a draft press release to send to your local media about your event
- an email to invite your local MSP
- template social media captions
Interfaith Scotland resource for faith communities
The ‘twenty sixth conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’ (or COP26 for short) will take place, COVID restrictions permitting, at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November 2021. Since the first COP in Berlin in 1995 there has been painstaking progress towards international agreement. Getting every country in the world to sign up to life changing commitments is not easy but in Paris in 2015 (COP21) there was agreement to try to limit global warming to 1.5°Celsius above pre-industrial levels and not to allow it to go above 2°C.
As global temperatures rise so do the range of risks and their severity, particularly for tropical countries which are already suffering terrible loss and damage. The impacts often fall most heavily on women and children and those already living in poverty. People living in small island states and low lying countries are particularly at risk with rising sea levels and, amongst many others, they have campaigned to limit temperature rises to 1.5 °C.
Without radical action temperature rises of over 1.5°C will very likely happen by mid-century, significantly increasing the risks and impacts of climate change.
Diplomatic representatives from all countries will be joined by campaigners, lobbyists, businesses, scientists, NGOs and the world’s media. Faith groups campaigning for climate justice will be represented as well as faith-based development agencies through, for example, ACT Alliance, Islamic Relief and CIDSE. The total number of participants travelling to Glasgow depends on COVID-related travel restrictions and the event may take place in part online.
The Paris agreement was adopted at COP21 in 2015 and set out a mechanism to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Each country has to prepare a plan (called nationally determined contribution or NDC) to set out how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. NDCs have to be revised and strengthened every five years and the Glasgow COP sees the first revision.
Unless the commitments in the current NDCs are strengthened and put into effect urgently there is no hope of limiting global warming to 2°C.
How can you get involved?
There are opportunities for everyone across Scotland before, during and after COP26. Faith groups are working to promote hospitality and transformation; to be good hosts to those coming to COP26; to listen and to learn from them; and from this to seek to change our lives, our places of worship, the places we live, economy and action by our governments. They are doing this alongside a huge civil society movement called the COP26 Coalition. Follow the links below for more details. The list is not exhaustive, please be in touch to send us more resources and actions!
A link to this resource can be found here.