Caritas Scotland's Lexi Barnett at the handover
Archbishop Desmond Tutu led a rally in front of Copenhagen’s city hall to call for climate justice at the UN negotiations taking place here for two weeks.
Thousands came to hear him speak and to witness a handover of over half a million signatures to the UN climate chief Yvo de Boer.
Caritas and its sister Catholic network CIDSE contributed over 150,000 signatures to the final total through their joint Grow Climate Justice Campaign. Continue reading
Developments continue to come thick and fast as the first week of COP fifteen edges to a close. EU Heads of State were meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday with the Copenhagen conference high on the agenda. On the table was the proposal for the EU to move unilaterally from their 20% reduction commitment to 30% emission reductions without waiting any longer, and, a proposal for a short-term financing offer for climate action in developing countries, as something the EU considered could bring negotiations in Copenhagen forward.
Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Lesley Anne Knight was one of the marchers in Copenhagen
At least 100,000 people took to the streets of Copenhagen to march for climate justice on Saturday.
They marched from Parliament Square to the Bellla Centre, where government negotiators are discussing a new deal to tackle climate change.
Caritas and CIDSE staff, supporters and volunteers from the UK, Ireland, Denmark, German, Zambia, El Salvador, and many other countries joined the protest with placards and a huge balloon.
Catholic bishops and priests from Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe, and Oceania celebrated a Mass for climate justice in Copenhagen’s Sankt Ansgar Cathedral on Friday evening.
They were joined by Caritas staff from 25 countries, Danish parishioners, and delegates from the UN Summit on climate change meeting in Copenhagen. Continue reading
Por la Conferencia Episcopal Paraguaya
La próxima Conferencia sobre el cambio climático de la ONU, será celebrada en Copenhague (Dinamarca) del 7 al 18 de diciembre de este año, durante la cual se van a tomar importantes decisiones que influirán en muchos aspectos de nuestras vidas a partir del ya previsible futuro.
The National Council of Churches in Denmark and the World Council of Churches is hosting an international ecumenical service in Copenhagen’s Lutheran Cathedral, Vor Frue Kirke, the Church of Our Lady, on Sunday 13 December 2009 at 2 pm.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, well-known for his deep commitment to the issue of climate changes, will be preaching. Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu will say the benediction. Continue reading
Caritas Internationalis and World Council of Churches are holding a public discussion on a “Renew the face of the Earth: Faith-based Approach to Climate Justice” at the UN Summit in Copenhagen.
Scenes from the summit
By Christine Campeau
When we arrived this morning the number of people in the Bella Centre appeared to have doubled. We were met by the wonderful sound of indigenous drums and song as various groups called for the protection of their rights under a new climate agreement. The number and range of stunts and activities are also growing, varying from the procession of huge handmade trees throughout the conference centre to raise awareness of forest issues, to goodwill gestures such as the Greenpeace staff standing in the cold handing out free coffees to people as they wait to enter the building.
By Christine Campeau
As the Danish hosts tackle the problems of processing the registration of over 25,000 people into the one conference centre, government and civil society representatives are scoping out the Bella Centre (where the meeting is taking place), their new home for the next two weeks. Continue reading