ACT News

25 Sep 2020

Building Churches for Future –  Churches that are political Fridays for Future is back in the public sphere. Friday, September 25th is the next global climate strike. But how can we strike in times of the Corona Virus? As huge demonstrations and gatherings are discouraged, young people have been considering other strategies, ways and places […]

14 Feb 2020

How might the wars in Mali, South Sudan and Somalia be impacted if climate change was no longer an issue? While it is impossible to know precisely, climate scientists have identified disturbing links between climate change and conflict. People living in fragile contexts are struggling to survive as climate-related threats intensify. It is frightening to […]

12 Aug 2019

Getting involved no matter where you are Climate change is happening, and we all need to contribute to tackling the problem if we want to limit its impacts. Over the last few years, I have studied on the East coast of the United States and have participated in various platforms where I have met many […]

27 Jun 2019

  Bonn UN climate talks (SB50) are coming to a close, and some key governments have dismissed the opportunity to commit to action and support that is needed to avert loss and damage to protect the most climate vulnerable communities.  Government delegations from around the world have spent the past two weeks negotiating the remaining […]

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23 May 2018

For many years Bread for the World together with its partners, and particularly through ACT Alliance’s advocacy work on climate justice, has supported and enabled communities to fight for changes in policy and practice to ensure that the most vulnerable communities are protected from the worsening impacts of climate change. More often than not, the […]

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10 May 2018

The climate change negotiations in Bonn are wrapping up today with little progress made on developing the guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The window for the negotiation of an ambitious outcome at COP24 is quickly narrowing, with little time left between now and December to finalize the process. “We can no longer […]

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09 May 2018

The debates on climate change can be endless. There is so much to say, to consider, to reflect upon, and to discuss. However, what we need is action, and we need it now. At this moment, diplomats from all over the world are engaged in difficult negotiations on how to move forward in our joint […]

01 May 2018

                    Yesterday, the UNFCCC climate change conference – also known as the SB48 Intersessional– set off in the German city of Bonn. It is the first of two intersessional meetings to be hosted this year in preparation for the increasingly important 24th Conference of the Parties […]

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30 Apr 2018

(Bonn, Germany) As another round of interim climate change negotiations start today in Bonn, Germany, ACT Alliance reiterates its call for urgent action to address climate change and its impacts. “The international community must now take bold action to address climate change and to adequately respond to its impacts. We cannot afford any delays or […]

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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

08 Nov 2017

by Julia Jawtusch, Bread for all In the first day of the COP23 a group of development, church-based organisations (Caritas France, CIDSE and Bread for the World, Bread for all, both members of ACT Alliance) joined forces with the global peasant movement “La Via Campesina” for two side-events on the topic of agroecology. We decided […]

07 Nov 2017

Growing up, we had happy memories of rain. You dance and sing under it, play games with your friends, and register happy memories in your brain when rainfall hits grass and soil, releasing nature’s scents. It is a bit disturbing when one sees children shiver at the sound heavy rainfall, run for cover at the […]

05 Nov 2017

Yesterday, thousands gathered at Münsterplatz in Bonn to express their commitment to achieving ambitious climate action. The climate march brought together people from across the globe, with different backgrounds, experiences, climate realities and sets of demands. However, amidst the various organizational and individual priorities and agendas was a clear and unifying demand for climate justice. […]

PRESS RELEASE (Bonn, Germany) It is now one year since the since the Paris Agreement entered into force.  On the eve of COP23, the ACT Alliance urges the full, ambitious, and transparent implementation of the Paris Agreement. ACT Alliance, a network of 146 faith based organizations and churches based in 125 countries around the world […]

PRESS RELEASE The World Council of Churches, ACT Alliance and Lutheran World Federation – together representing more than half a billion Christians worldwide – are issuing a united call for action on climate justice, the largest call of its kind in history. In a joint video message released on 5 November, leaders of the three […]

18 May 2017

PRESS RELEASE As two weeks of UN climate negotiations end in Bonn, international faith-based humanitarian and development network ACT Alliance sees signs of progress towards the implementation of the Paris agreement. However, progress is slow, and a number of difficult issues still remain to be resolved. Despite threats of US withdrawal from the Paris agreement, […]

17 May 2017

  When ACT members around the world reach out to poor and vulnerable communities, there is no doubt about the need for support. There is urgent need to strengthen their resilience, and to adapt to the effects of climate change. To make that happen there is a need for funding. In the UN, rich and […]

16 May 2017

Instead of country delegates, civil society observers fill the Chamber Hall in the UNFCCC World Conference Centre in Bonn. Two young men are standing behind one of the few country-signs: “When we get home, we will give lectures to 5000 young people about the Climate Negotiations,” they say.  They are youth delegates from the Netherlands. […]

15 May 2017

    We are four days into the negotiations in Bonn and the spirit is high. Not only are the chestnuts in the city in full bloom, but constructive discussions on many of the topics under the Paris agreement are underway, including the crucial topic of how to enhance the implementation of gender related mandates and […]

08 May 2017

PRESS RELEASE   Reports about dramatic effects of climate change keep coming, while governments meet for another round of UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany. ACT alliance will follow the meeting closely, and with great concern. Poor and vulnerable people around the world are already suffering from floods, droughts, heatwaves and dramatic storms. The head […]

20 Oct 2015

Today a statement signed by 154 religious leaders from different faith groups has been handed over to the Executive Director of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres. While negotiators representing 194 countries gather in Bonn this week to work on a draft text for December’s climate conference in Paris, religious leaders […]

31 Aug 2015

As hundreds of government officials from across the world return to Bonn in one of their last bids to hammer out components of a climate agreement in time for the Paris, ACT Alliance is cautiously optimistic that a meaningful agreement is still within reach. “With barely three months before the Paris summit, we in ACT […]

15 Jun 2014

Photo: ACT/Sean Hawkey   United Nations climate change talks in Bonn (Germany) have been suspended on a positive note, with countries closer to agreeing a new global climate deal next year that would put a reign on runaway climate change. It follows recent signals from the US and Mexico of carbon emission cuts, as well […]

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