Category Archives: Climate Change

Caritas discusses the politics of agriculture in Doha

By Adriana Opromolla

The delegations to COP18 of Caritas Internationalis, Misereor and CIDSE discussed yesterday, Nov. 27th, the role of agriculture in climate change and the ways agriculture has been addressed up to now by climate change policies. Participants also included partner organisations from India, Bangladesh, Chad and Kenya. Continue reading

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Mongolia goes to Doha

Girl with a herd that Caritas gave her family two years ago after they were hit by extreme frosts. Credit: Caritas Czech

Tegshbayar Sanduijav, agronomist and research officer at Caritas Mongolia, has flown all the way to Qatar, to participate in COP18 as a member of the CI delegation. This is his first COP, and his expectations are built on his experience of climate change in Mongolia. Continue reading

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Keeping faith in the climate talks

As the international climate negotiations re-open in Doha, should we keep faith in the possibility of a successful outcome despite the difficulties of brokering a deal among 194 countries?

By guest blogger Roeland Scholtalbers of sister network CIDSE

The buzz around the Copenhagen climate summit is a distant memory. Since December 2009, climate change has quickly moved down the priority list of many. In the midst of a deep global financial and economic crisis, tackling climate change unfortunately isn’t part of most governments’ efforts to fix their faltering economies. Continue reading

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Rio+20: conference reflections

By CIDSE/Florian Kopp

By James Stella

On entering the Rio+20 Conference centre, the participants are instantly greeted by an enormous blue coloured digital billboard displaying the extensive list of side events scheduled for the day.

Listed on the board one will find the name, location and time of the event. With events scheduled around the clock, from 9:00 in the morning to 8:00 in the evening, there are approximately 55 side events everyday with each having a duration of one and half hours.

Some of the wide array of topics include, ‘Glaciers and Sustainability in the Anthropocen’ by CEDHA, ‘Motorcycle Safety al Rio+20’ by Ecuadorian Motorcyclists Association; ‘The Forest Green Economy and South-South Cooperation’ by WWF International and an event presented by a Palestinian organisation that focused on sustainable development under the Israel occupation. Continue reading

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Scottish climate fund shows the way forward

The announcement today of the Scottish Government’s Climate Justice Fund has been welcomed by international development and environmental organisations in Scotland. The fund was launched by Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, alongside former President of Ireland Mary Robinson.

SCIAF, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, a member of the global Caritas Internationalis network of Catholic development agencies, is among the groups welcoming the news. Continue reading

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Spiritual and ethical dimensions in dealing with climate change

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Stewardship of creation in response to climate change

By Fr Patricio Enrique Sarlat Flores, Executive Secretary of the Episcopal Commission for Social Pastoral – Caritas Mexico

Theological reflections on climate change are urgently needed to identify the vocation of the creation given by God to man, and also the rightful command to work the ground from which he had been taken (Genesis 3:23).

Today, on contemplating our skies and lands, we should heighten our sensitivity to discover the signs that impel our cooperation as religious communities. Rather than stifling us, may our discussions foster the emergence of a common pool of creative responses, committed actions and fraternal solidarity to deal with climate change.

The din of the machinery of development, economic mirages and the vertiginous torrents of consumerism, should not sidetrack our capacity to hear and pay attention to the cries and groans of pain of creation; this chorus of lamentations also includes the voice of humanity. Continue reading

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Durban talks: Climate justice and food security

An interfaith rally in Durban.

By Martina Liebsch, Director of Poverty and Advocacy at Caritas Internationalis

Representatives from different faiths gathered at a ‘Climate Justice and Food Security: Moral, ethical and spiritual imperatives’ side event 7 December at the Durban climate change talks.

The event was sponsored by Caritas Internationalis and World Council of Churches. The panel was chaired by Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban and included Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Hindu and Muslim representatives.

Reverend Mardi Tendal, of the United Church of Canada, said we should work towards transforming cultures of consumption to cultures of responsibility. She said there is a moral imperative for action and solidarity in reducing the adverse effects of climate change.

Rabbi Hillel Avidan from Durban said God maintains the creation, but gives us the responsibility to care for it. We have failed to do so and we have recognised it.

“Change does not happen through treaties and conventions, but by bringing in compassion and generosity,” said Sister Jayanti Kirpalani (Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University). She said the situation of the planet is linked to lack of love and respect.

Reverend Nicta Lubaale. Secretary General, Organization of African Instituted Churches, said in our global economic system greed has taken over and we need to break that. The Our Father prayer helps us: It says ‘our’ daily bread not ‘my’ daily bread.

750 verses of the Koran reflect on nature and creation, said Bedria Mohammed Ahmed (Women of Faith Network. Ethiopian Interfaith Development Dialogue and Action). The Koran calls for respect of all life forms. Religious teachings can play a pivotal role in change and faith leaders should devote their efforts to this.

“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children,” she quoted an old American Indian proverb.

Fr. Patricio Flores of Caritas Mexico referred to voices of indigenous people and farmers: “The Earth is confused. We expect one thing and something else happens. One day the heavens rain down on us, and the next day we are freezing cold or boiling hot. We are suffering with the Earth and we’re sorry to abandon her in her agony, as it’s more difficult for her to bear fruit and we have to look for food elsewhere”.

Dr. Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi urged us to continue our efforts, that leaders listen to us and to educate people about the change in lifestyle needed.

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