Leading up to the next United Nations Climate Change Conference (known as the Conference of Parties or COP22) scheduled to meet in Marrakesh, Morocco November 14-15, countries and industries have been moving forward with new agreements to further greenhouse gas emissions
Path to Paris
November and December are historic months for taking action on climate change.
Nearly 200 nations will join the UN Climate Summit in Paris, starting November 30. We need them to take bold action and solve the current climate crisis.
To help you join the millions of people worldwide praying and acting for the care for the earth, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns will offer a weekly series, Path to Paris.
Each week, a two-page prayer-study-action guide will examine the devastating impacts of climate change and what we can do, leading up to the UN Climate Summit in Paris.
We offer Path to Paris in response to Pope Francis’ call: “Our goal is not to amass information or to satisfy curiosity, but rather to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it.” (Laudato Si' 19)
Share each issue of Path to Paris with your parish and friends; and use it for personal reflection.
Click on the titles below to see each issue of Path to Paris, plus updates from the Paris Climate Summit.
Photo: Indian fields and wind turbines, by Yahoo! Blog from Sunnyvale, California, USA / Licensed CC BY 2.0
The Paris Climate Agreement will become binding on November 4. Now we have a real plan and deadlines for weaning ourselves off of fossil fuels.
Just days before the signing of the Paris Climate Accord, hundreds of religious leaders send a statement to world leaders at the United Nations in New York.
A broad coalition of faith-based organizations, including the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, celebrates the United States' first disbursement of $500 million to the Green Climate Fund.
A two-page flyer about the issues raised in the Paris Climate Agreement and what you can do to support this important global call to action on the environment.
On December 12, world leaders concluded final negotiations of the climate agreement in Paris. Chloe Schwabe, Faith Economy Ecology Program Director, was an official observer at the two-week conference. The following is her statement.
Faith groups call on the World Bank to announce a Zero Deforestation policy at the Paris Climate Summit (COP21).
December 8, 2015 was Gender Day at the Paris Climate Summit. Watch our video of one of the actions for gender justice that happened at the negotiations.
As the UN marks Human Rights Day, we find ourselves in the disturbing place of needing to raise the importance of human rights language in the Paris climate agreement.
Momentum is building, thanks to voices from the Global South, for a climate agreement that limits global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Chloe Schwabe, Faith-Economy-Ecology program director for the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, reports from the 21st annual UN climate conference (COP21) in Paris.
The fourth and final issue of Path to Paris examines the impact of climate change on migration and social unrest, especially in Tanzania. And it offers ideas for making a personal commitment to lifestyle changes, for taking action, and for meditation.
The third issue of Path to Paris examines the impact of climate change on food security, especially on smallholder "family" farmers in Peru. And it offers ideas for making a personal commitment to lifestyle changes, for taking action, and for meditation.