United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP28)
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. The 28th session of the Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as COP28, will be held November 30th – December 12th in Dubai, UAE.
The Episcopal Call to Climate Action
How is climate change impacting people and places around the world, especially the most vulnerable? What is our call as Episcopalians to protect the earth, our fragile island home? This four-minute film features voices from the Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop’s Delegation to the United Nations Climate Conference COP26 in November 2021.
Announcing the Presiding Bishop’s COP28 delegation
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has named 22 delegates to represent the presiding bishop’s office at the 2023 United Nations climate change conference. It is the ninth year the Presiding Bishop has convened Episcopalians in the urgent work of climate change advocacy in the global forum.
This year’s hybrid platform allows for a wider representation of Episcopalian delegates, who will participate virtually and in person. Read more about the Presiding Bishop’s Delegation in the Public Affairs Press Release.
Episcopal Church Policy Priorities for COP28
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 engaging in mitigation and right sizing our lives as individuals and in our ministries, standing with frontline communities in laboring for environmental justice, ending environmental racism and finding a swift and just solution to the climate crisis.
During the COP28 negotiations, we urge Parties and all stakeholders to embrace these priorities:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monday, November 27th at 12 PM ET: Episcopal Climate Advocacy at the UN: COP28 Kick-Off with the Presiding Bishop’s Delegation – recording available below!
- Mondays and Thursdays, 8 PM ET: Climate Justice Compline with the COP28 Delegation.
- Friday, December 15th 3 PM ET : Episcopal COP28 Closing Event and Report Back from Delegates – recording available below!
Faith Pavilion and Meditation Cards:
The Episcopal Church Delegation is excited to participate in the first ever Faith Pavilion at a World Climate Conference. The COP28 faith pavilion is hosted by the Muslim Council of Elders in collaboration with the COP28 Presidency, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and a diverse coalition of global partners including the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, the Episcopal Diocese of California, the Peace Department, the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD), and over 50 faith organizations.
- Faith Pavilion programming schedule and livestream: Learn more here https://faithatcop28.com/programming/
- Wisdom Tree Meditation Cards: These twenty-seven Meditation Cards prepared for the Faith Pavilion at COP28 share insights and reflections about climate action and care for the Earth from different traditions, including Bahá’í, Buddhism, Christianity, Daoism, Hinduism, Indigenous People’s spirituality, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhi. Download here: https://www.partner-religion-development.org/wisdom-tree/
- Episcopal Church Prayer Cards: Used by the delegations starting in 2015 at COP21 in Paris and written by the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of California, these COP prayer cards invite reflection on the values of Reverence, Compassion, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and more! https://www.episcopalchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2022/11/COP-Prayer-Cards.pdf
Episcopal COP28 Blog:
COP28 and the Spirit of Collaboration and Transformation
by Dr. Delia Heck The experience of COP28 was like drinking out of a water tanker, overwhelming and yet extremely satisfying. The pace of change for so long has seemed glacial […]
Youth Activists facing Climate Change Anxiety with Faith
By Kara Lyn Moran The Conference of Parties (COP), the annual United Nations Climate Summit, is a place that was not designed for young people, but it is a place […]
Two Worlds: A reflection on COP28
By the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California We no longer see anyone from a worldly point of view…So, if anyone is in Christ, there […]
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