This week, Egypt will host the 27th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 27), with a view to building on previous successes and paving the way for future ambition to effectively tackle the global challenge of climate change.
The latest UN report says that climate plans remain insufficient and more ambitious action is needed now. Indeed, the science is disturbing. Most countries are falling short of their commitments. The world is on the brink of irreversible climate breakdown. And there’s a reason for the increasing number of desperate migrants on the borders of countries in the northern hemisphere. Climate change has already increased global inequality. Countries in the tropics have already lost 6% of their GDP and are on track to lose 27% by 2030. A study published last week shows how climate change will have he biggest impact on the world’s poorest, most vulnerable people. And medical journals around the world have joined in printing the same editorial: not meeting the 1.5 degree limit on climate change will cause catastrophic harm to health that will be impossible to reverse.
Not everyone has hopes for effective action from COP27. Greta Thunberg is not even going. And the UN head of the 2015 Paris Accord is not optimistic about any meaningful results. One thing is clear. Climate reparations is the key issue for this meeting.
So keep your eye on the news coming from COP 27. Pray for it’s success, and that governments will keep their promises. And keep up the pressure on our politicians, national, state, and local, to make policy that will reduce carbon emissions.
Thanks for your commitment to caring for God’s creation!