For Immediate Release
When the United Nations’ 26th Climate Change Conference convenes in Glasgow on Sunday, leaders of participating countries must make earnest efforts to achieve daring goals, one church leader said.
Moderator Cecilia Eggleston of the Metropolitan Community Church said time is short and words are hollow, and action must take place to curtail environmental damage.
The conference, also known as the Conference of Parties, or COP 26, will take place over 12 days in Scotland, with representatives from a large number of nations from around the globe.
“God created earth and all that is in it, and trusted us as stewards of our planet,” Eggleston said. “For too long, we’ve neglected that stewardship, despite the best efforts of many. COP 26 is a chance to show the world how a united front can effect meaningful change.”
The Council of Elders of Metropolitan Community Churches last week released a statement calling for global net zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century and to maintain global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This includes phasing out the use of coal, curtailing deforestation, speeding up the use of electric vehicles and encouraging investment in renewable energy.
“We live in a time of great technology and opportunity,” Eggleston said. “If deployed properly, our science can lead us in adapting to the needs of our planet, protecting natural habitats, building resilient infrastructure, and restoring damaged ecosystems. It’s imperative that the leaders of COP 26 proceed with resolve to make lasting change.”
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