In November the UK government will host the critical international climate negotiations known as ‘COP26’ – the 26th Conference of Parties (signatory countries) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Much is at stake at this conference, and it has been described as the last best chance to avoid global climate catastrophe. Hosting and chairing it is a unique responsibility for the British government. It also presents 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 is running a special programme of work from COP26. We will be exploring the links between climate and nature and what we can do. We are working 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. We are also helping to lead a broad Churches coalition to accelerate churches’ action on climate change (Climate Sunday Initiative).