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“We must increase climate action and global solidarity with the vulnerable,” says ACT Alliance

Image showing flood situation in Jhapa
17 Nov 2017

As the world comes to terms with the weak outcome of COP23, ACT Alliance calls for a recommitment to the need for ambitious action and solidarity with climate vulnerable people. “COP23 has fallen short of the main expectations we had: we had hoped that the cry of people of the Pacific and other vulnerable parts […]

ACT Alliance and The Lutheran World Federation call on people of faith to act on climate justice

17 Nov 2017

As COP23, the International Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany draws to a close, the ACT Alliance and the Lutheran World Federation are launching a call to people of faith and faith-based organisations to take action on climate change.  “Climate change and its impacts affect the full enjoyment of human rights and dignity,” the call reads. […]

[COP23 Blog] Climate Action means implementation of the Paris Agreement

17 Nov 2017

The climate is changing rapidly, and this change is affecting different parts of the world through storms, hurricanes, floods, and so forth, but most importantly, the droughts from which we suffer so much especially in my context in Southern Africa. These events must inspire us not just to raise ambitions for implementation of the Paris […]

[COP23 Blog] There’s still time for ambitious action at COP23

15 Nov 2017

As the end of the COP approaches, there are still so many unresolved issues, ranging from climate finance to clarity on how to implement Paris Agreement in a way that is both ambitious and that responds to the urgent needs of vulnerable communities. The trust and confidence that was built in Paris is starting to […]

[COP23 News] Addressing loss and damage from climate change at COP23

15 Nov 2017

“Culture.  Tradition.  Way of life.  Diets.  Their beliefs, their skills of when and how to fish, what to plant and when to harvest all depend on the surrounding environment that they have lived in for generations,” says Tafue Lusama, the General Secretary of the Church in Tuvalu of the people of his small island nation. […]

[COP23 Blog] Gender and Climate Change

14 Nov 2017

I am writing this blog from Bihar, the second largest state in India, which was ravaged by floods in August 2017 that killed more than 500 people and displaced over 12 million, causing huge destruction to human life, animals, the environment and the entire ecosystem. As I visit rural affected villages nearly 2 months later, I […]

[COP23 Press Release] Global church leaders urge COP23 to take action

13 Nov 2017

After a week of negotiations at the UN climate summit taking place in Bonn, Germany, the World Council of Churches (WCC), The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), and ACT Alliance – together representing more than half a billion Christians worldwide – expressed their concerns at the slow progress governments have made so far. “Climate justice cannot […]

[COP23 Blog] Climate Finance – two words and so many interpretations

13 Nov 2017

It may be easy for parties to agree on the need for climate action, but as soon as the agenda turns to how the bill should be paid conflicts arise. And sadly, parties seem to have difficulties understanding, or even listening to, each other. I hope they will read this blog post. Maybe it will […]

[COP23 Blog] A decarbonised world is a chance for eradicating poverty

10 Nov 2017

Too often developed countries see climate change as a burden for their industrialised activities because the level of innovation and the systemic change required are of unprecedented scale. Indeed several economic sectors need major shifts in thinking about current methods of production and consumption. It is a matter of risk perception. If governments wait too […]

[COP23 Blog] Stolen Land Stolen Future: Land use at the center of international climate politics

09 Nov 2017

From 5th till 17th November 2017, all countries will meet for the 23rd annual Conference of Parties (COP23) of the international climate negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). While the negotiations will focus mostly on defining the rules of the Paris Agreement and preparing the first global stocktaking of climate […]

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