Caritas members from around the world are travelling to Copenhagen to lobby governments at a key climate change meeting.
The UN summit (called the UNFCCC) is set to agree targets for cutting the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
It will also set funding for poor communities to tackle the impact of extreme or unpredictable weather and also for their future low carbon/sustainable development.
Caritas is taking part in the meeting itself and at a number of events in the city aimed at getting a fairer deal for the poor.
19.00 Friday 11 December - all invited to ‘Holy Mass for Climate Justice’ at Sankt Ansgar Cathedral presided over by Caritas Africa President Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga of Kampala (Read his homily). Further information available at www.sanktansgar.dk.
13.00 Saturday 12 December - Caritas representatives will take part in the Planet First, People First walk through Copenhagen.
11.30 Sunday 13 December – Caritas representatives will handover pledges from supporters along […]
By: Christine Campeau, Caritas Internationalis
The Copenhagen Summit on climate change brought together 115 heads of state and governments. More than 40,000 people applied for accreditation. It was a grand but failed effort to reach a meaningful legally binding deal.
Bishop Theotonius Gomes, President of Caritas Bangladesh said that the powerful nations felt morally bound to come and listen to the issue, but they had been humbled by the challenge and the failure to find a solution.
The outcome was the ‘Copenhagen Accord’. It is a non-binding deal drafted up by the US, Brazil, China, India, and South Africa. The official governing body of the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) only agreed ‘to take note of’ it. Several nations refuse to recognize it altogether. Bolivia, Venezuela, Sudan, Tuvalu and others have registered their opposition.
Some think the Copenhagen Accord is the first time that developing nations have put their commitments […]