May 2024

QUNO meets faith groups about climate change as a peace and justice concern

QUNO’s Human Impacts of Climate Change (HICC) programme works to connect our advocacy at the multilateral level with grassroots and faith communities.

In March and April, HICC Representative Lindsey Fielder Cook met with the First Congregational Church of Sheffield in Massachusetts, USA, and Aotearoa/New Zealand Yearly Meeting. She discussed QUNO’s advocacy to transform the root causes driving planetary crisis and personal and political actions that everyone can take.

At the First Congregational Church of Sheffield, Lindsey shared with her former parish the ethical and spiritual calls to act on climate change and the connections between personal actions and climate science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She also shared the main takeaways from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 28th Conference of Parties, held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, last November and December. This includes the needed political will, whether at a community or international level, to make transformational change. Her presentation and Q&A are available here.

In April, Lindsey offered a presentation at the Aotearoa/New Zealand Yearly Meeting with Climate Ambassador Kay Harrison, the New Zealand head of delegation to the UNFCCC. They talked about the current unsustainable rates of consumption and the need for climate action that recognizes both our shared humanity and the responsibility of historical emitters to courageously lead on the needed change.

QUNO believes in helping all communities understand and engage with the multilateral system. We do this through our publications, which collate climate science and offer personal actions that anyone can take, for a wide range of audiences. We are also happy receive invitations to speak with other Meetings.

(Production credits: Reverend Jill Graham, James Kelly, and the Community Television for the Southern Berkshires.)

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