Lisa Sullivan and Sister Susan Nchubiri, MM, from Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns are on their way to Dubai for the UN Climate Change Conference, COP 28! The conference opens in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, Nov. 30, bringing together world leaders, representatives of 198 countries, climate activists, student leaders, faith organizations, and others to find ways to save our Common Home.
Follow our updates from COP28 here and use the resources below to get up to speed:
- See our handy two-pager on COP 28 with the "Who, What, Where, and Why?"
- See Maryknoll missioners hopes for COP 28 from across members of all the Maryknoll entities.
- Sign a faith letter to President Biden calling on him to take bold and just climate action at COP28, and sign the Catholic letter to all COP28 leaders for a fair and just Loss and Damage fund here, if you haven't already.
The planet has set a dramatic stage, recently hurdling past its hottest day in history. The 2023 report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that there are only six years left to make swift and dramatic action to avoid cataclysm. Experts agree the remedy must include a drastic phase out of fossil fuels. Many worry that will be hard to achieve given that the convention’s host nation is one of the world’s largest oil producers, and its president-designate is the executive leader of the UAE national oil company.
Others are choosing hope, acknowledging victories such as a lowering in the trajectory of global temperatures since the 2015 Paris Agreement and the massive expansion of renewable energy.
Pray for our Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns representatives who will be advocating for: Fossil fuel phase out, Tripling of renewable energy, Climate finance commitments, Comprehensive Loss and Damage Fund and Inclusion of food systems in climate negotiations.