With Climate talks scheduled for December in Cancun, Caritas Mexico is keeping busy in their planning to raise awareness.
Bishop Gustavo Rodriguez Vega, the President of Caritas Mexicana was part of the Caritas Internationalis delegation last year at the climate talks in Copenhagen and is eager to mobilize civil society organisations and the Church in Mexico.
Caritas Mexico is organising a Holy Mass for Sunday 05 December and assembling the Caritas family together for a few days of capacity building on the thematic issues covered in the negotiations.
Caritas has applied jointly with the World Council of Churches and ACT Alliance for a side event entitled ‘Faith based organisations advocate for climate justice’.
If approved, the focus of this discussion will be around how communities address climate change, poverty and sustainable development, offering ethical contributions to international negotiations through awareness raising, social mobilization and advocacy.
Caritas, the World Council of Churches and ACT Alliance will also host an open air Ecumenical celebration on Saturday 04 December.
Caritas will also be working closely with our Catholic sister organization CIDSE to hold a follow-up discussion on the joint CI-CIDSE discussion paper entitled ‘Business as Unusual. Direct Access: Giving power back to the poor’.
Thanks to the efforts of Caritas Mexicana, several of these events, interviews, and sessions will be transmitted via live-stream on Caritas TV so that Caritas members from around the world are able to participate in spirit.
We’ll see if these efforts pay off at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) Cancun, Mexico from 29 November to 10 December 2010.