In November the UK government hosted the critical international climate negotiations known as ‘COP26’ – the 26th Conference of Parties (signatory countries) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Much was at stake at this conference, described as the last best chance to avoid global climate catastrophe. Hosting and chairing it was a unique responsibility for the British government. It also presented a unique opportunity for British Christians and churches to understand the key issues better and act on them, in service of our creator God, nature and all people.
A Rocha UK ran a special programme of work from COP26. We worked with our sister organisations in the international A Rocha network to develop a common position on nature-based solutions to climate change, to inform policy makers and practitioners alike (please see our joint paper here). We were also helping to lead a broad Churches coalition to accelerate churches’ action on climate change (the Climate Sunday Initiative).