COP26: Climate Justice for All
In the run up to the UN’s annual Climate Change Conference (COP26), young Methodists from around the world have created a youth-led campaign for the global Methodist family to take action on the climate crisis. The campaign workers, from Britain, Uruguay, Fiji, Zambia and Italy, have been building a network of volunteers from eleven other countries to help them.
The campaign, ‘Climate Justice for All’ (CJ4A), proposes two things to world leaders to achieve justice for all:
- That the highest emitting countries be the most ambitious in reducing carbon to net-zero
- That communities on the front lines of the climate crisis be equipped for the changes that they are experiencing.
CJ4A invites the global Methodist family undertake three asks as they declare ‘we believe in climate justice for all’:
- Listen to those with experience of the climate crisis
- Call upon representatives
- Commit to personal change
Listening to the stories of others is an important tool for learning about and responding to the effects of the climate crisis. From the month of April until the month of November, CJ4A will be releasing a short film each month which shares the story of a specific community and their experiences of the climate crisis and/or climate action. This will be accompanied with worship resources such as prayers, discussion questions and a biblical reflection. We hope communities will use these in whatever way suits them, in Sunday morning worship, in house groups, in groups like this or in youth groups. However they do it, we want communities to listen and reflect on what is happening to communities around the world.
It is not enough to keep over conversations about the climate justice within our church communities instead we must take this message out to our political representatives. This is why the second ask of CJ4A to Methodist communities is to call upon their ambassadors to COP26 to make climate justice possible for all.
The final ask invites communities to make a personal commitment to enact change within their own lives and contexts. This ask is really vital in ensuring that the work of the campaign is sustained after the COP and change is truly embedded within Methodist communities.
Find out more here.