United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26)

Beginning with the historic Paris Agreement summit in 2015, the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church has sent a delegation to the Conference of Parties (COP), the annual United Nations Climate Summit. COP26, delayed a year because of the pandemic, is crucial for the effort to turn back the worst effects of climate change.

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on from October 31st to November 12th, 2021.


Announcing the Presiding Bishop’s COP26 virtual delegation  

The Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop’s delegation will participate virtually at COP26 in November. As delegation members, we stand in solidarity with smaller nations, such as those in the Pacific Ocean, who already feel the leading-edge effects of climate change. We also bring our values and beliefs into the room at the COPs. The world religions hold the Earth to be sacred; we respect the rights of vulnerable populations; we have sacred paths for people to travel that lead us from disintegration to wholeness.

Finally, as delegation members, we bring what we have learned back home, to the Church. The Presiding Bishop’s delegation carefully monitors the major workstreams of the COP, such as mitigation, raising ambition, finance, adaptation, and loss and damage. Our local communities can learn from what others are doing in these important themes of climate change action around the world.

Read more about the Presiding Bishop’s Delegation in the Public Affairs Press Release, and get to know the delegates in this Delegation Slideshow.


Episcopal Church Policy Priorities for COP26

The Episcopal Church is committed to growing loving, liberating and life-giving relationships across the human family and with all of God’s creation. Our commitment to the call of Jesus has led us to engage in mitigation and right-sizing our lives as individuals and ministries, and to stand with frontline communities in laboring for environmental justice, ending environmental racism and finding a swift and just solution to the climate crisis.

Therefore, during the COP26 negotiations, we urge Parties and all other stakeholders to embrace these priorities. Read the Policy Priorities here


Episcopal Church Events

You are warmly invited to join these Episcopal Church-hosted events. RSVP by registering at the links below. Additional events will be added leading up to the conference. If you or your church are hosting a virtual event, please let everyone know by submitting an event listing to the Episcopal News Service Events page and sharing with creation@episcopalchurch.org.

October 28th at 1 PM EDT: “Episcopal Climate Advocacy at the UN: COP26 Kick-Off with the Presiding Bishop’s Delegation” – Watch here

November 6th at 11 AM EDT: “Liturgy for Planetary Crisis: Episcopal Worship Service during COP26” –  Watch here

November 12th at 2 PM EDT: “COP26 Closing Event: Report Back from the Presiding Bishop’s Delegation” – Register here 


Workstream Dialogue events: 

You are invited to these open discussion events, to share your thoughts on the themes, hear updates from COP26, and plan for our ongoing advocacy and action.  

  • Ambition and NDCs – Wednesday Nov. 10th, 3 PM ET / noon PT – join here 
  • Mitigation: Tuesday Nov. 9th at 4 PM ET / 1 PM PT – register here (Spanish interpretation available)   
  • Adaptation: Tuesday Nov. 9th: 2 PM ET/11 AM PT – register here (Spanish interpretation available) 
  • Climate Finance: Wednesday Nov. 10th: 10 AM ET/7 AM PT – join here:
  • Loss and Damage: Thursday Nov. 11th at 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT – join here
  • Only Accountability Can Save Us: Reflections on COP26

    By Lola Brown As a young person in the climate movement, I’ve gotten used to pressure. My generation understands that we are the final defense against catastrophic climate disaster, not because the timeline snuck up on the world, but because of the inaction of our elders. This pressure compelled me to participate in COP26 as

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  • How is COP26 going? Reflection by The Rt. Rev. Dr. Marc Andrus

    How is COP26 going? Two answers to this question are readily available (in our dualistic world, is this a surprise?):  One: It’s great! Right off the bat, in Week One, big surprises of multi-national pledges were made on forests and on finance, prominently. Countries registered new, more ambitious Nationally Determined Commitments (NDCs) and quick models

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  • At A Breaking Point: A Youth Perspective on Crisis and Hope at COP26

    My name is Solveigh Barney (she/her) and I am from the Diocese of North Dakota. I am writing this blog from the position of an official delegate of the Episcopal Presiding Bishop for COP26. I would like to take this time to write about my call to this ministry, what the climate crisis entails from

    Read more here

View all posts in this Episcopal Church COP26 blog here.

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