The 26th UN Climate Conference (or COP26 for short) begins today in Glasgow and will go on until Nov. 12th. We are already seeing signs of climate breakdown. Parts of the world are under threat because of rising sea levels due to global warming.
Severe extreme weather events are causing devastation, destroying lives, homes, lands and livelihoods, especially in the poorest parts of the world which are most at risk. At COP21 in December 2015,the Paris Agreement was reached which committed countries to try to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and not to allow it to go above 2°C. Six years later, global temperature rises are on track to reach a catastrophic 3˚C.
Pope Francis, along with other religious leaders has called on those attending COP26 to renew their commitment to keep global temperatures below 1.5°C and to take action to make this possible.
“We have inherited a garden: we must not leave a desert to our children,” the statement says.
We are asked to pray for the success of COP26 during these days.
Loving God, We praise your name with all you have created.
You are present in the whole universe, and in the smallest of creatures.
We acknowledge the responsibilities you have placed upon us as stewards of your creation.
May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26 as they seek to embrace the changes needed to foster a more sustainable society.
Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions for the poorest and most vulnerable, and commit their nations to the care of Our Common Home.
We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son. Amen