The Presiding Bishop's U.N. Climate Change Conference Delegation
An 11- member delegation representing Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is attending the 23rd United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, from November 6-17, 2017, called #COP23. You can follow along for updates here, and scroll down to the bottom of the page to get involved by submitting original creation-themed prayers or information on what YOUR Episcopal parish or community is doing about climate change!
About #COP23 and the Presiding Bishop's Delegation
Known as #COP23, the United Nations Climate Change Conference is an annual intergovernmental meeting to focus on global dialogue and action around the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. More information on COP23 can be found at its official website. Previous meetings have produced the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and the 2015 Paris Agreement, which serves as the basis for standards on climate action and lowering carbon emissions.
Named by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, the COP23 delegation will share Episcopal Church resolutions on climate change and information about the Church and its ministries and activities to address ecojustice in both United Nations and public events. Led by Bishop Marc Andrus, the delegation will offer a spiritual presence through daily interfaith prayer and worship and by encouraging active churchwide participation by Episcopalians through virtual participation and social media.
The Rev. Canon Charles Robertson, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Beyond the Episcopal Church, explained, “Our goals are to build on the work done at previous conferences by urging member states to implement the Paris Agreement and pay particular attention to developing nations and the poor, to raise awareness across the Episcopal Church of the importance of engaging on climate change as Christians, to digitally engage Episcopalians in that work before and during the conference, and to network within the accredited and public zones of the conference to spread the word about what the Episcopal Church is doing on climate issues.”
This event marks the third Episcopal delegation to attend a COP meeting. A delegation led by Bishop Andrus attended COP21 in Paris in 2015, advocating for an agreement aligning with General Convention resolutions related to climate change. In 2016, the delegation led by Bishop Andrus traveled to Marrakesh, Morocco for COP22, which focused on implementing the Paris Agreement and birthed the “We’re Still In [the Paris Agreement]” movement.
Climate Change Prayer Requests
Each day, we will host an interfaith service for all of the conference delegates to attend. Please submit your prayer requests, and we will lift them up during these services. You may also submit your own creation-themed poems or prayers for the climate, and we will consider using them during one of the services!
What is your church doing about climate change?
When our delegation meets with delegates and representatives from around the world, they will spread the word about what faithful Christians from across the Episcopal Church are doing about climate change. Please let us know what your congregation, diocese, camp, campus ministry, or other Episcopal community is doing to educate people about climate change, act as stewards of creation, and take action to protect the planet!