The impacts of climate change are being felt everywhere and are having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.

The latest analysis shows that if we act now, we can reduce carbon emissions within 12 years and hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C and even, as asked by the latest science, to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

On 23 September, the Secretary-General of the United Nations will host the Climate Action Summit in New York with the objective of boosting ambition and rapidly accelerate action to implement the Paris Agreement (a policy framework that sets out exactly what needs to be done to stop climate disruption and reverse its impact). The summit will bring together governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organisations with the aim of moving from the commitments of the Paris Summit to agreeing actions.

Small groups of member countries have been given different areas to investigate and make action plans for. The UK is working with Egypt and the United Nations Development Programme, on "integrating climate risks into public and private sector decision-making to assure sustainability of food, water and jobs for the future as well as to prevent disasters and to allow a quick recovery after disasters especially of the most vulnerable groups".

Please do pray for this important meeting. If you’d like to come to a particular event to pray:

  • The Iona service in Pershore Abbey from 7.30 to 8.30 pm on Wednesday 25 September, will be a vigil of prayer and meditation for the Climate Summit and related issues. There will be times of quiet reflection and prayer interspersed with readings, prayers and quiet songs or music.

Please consider holding a prayer event in your parish or praying for the summit in your intercessions.

There are also a number of General Climate Strike events taking place on Friday 20 September. Find your nearest event: https://ukscn.org/events/?postcode=wr1%201aa

If you are planning any other events around the Climate Summit, please do let us know.

More information on the Climate Action Summit 2019: https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/un-climate-summit-2019.shtml