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.

Invitation to join 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.

All Episcopalians 18 years or older are invited to apply to be a delegate, and young adults (ages 18-40), and Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQ Episcopalians are especially encouraged to apply. 

Selection of Delegation:

Thank you to those who applied to join the delegation. An announcement about the delegates who will represent the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church at COP26 will be made in September.  

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” – Register here

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

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

Partners and Resources

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

UNFCCC COP26 Homepage

United Kingdom Presidency COP26 Page

Episcopal Church Creation Care

The Episcopal Church and the United Nations

Anglican Communion Representation at the United Nations 

Episcopal Church Global Partnerships

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