Blue zone and beyond
And while there have been some encouraging announcements about specific issues such as methane, overall we remain way off track to make the urgent, firm, global commitments required to keep the hope of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees alive. Christian Aid’s delegates, and those of our partners, have also been deeply frustrated by the barriers to accessing COP26 faced by global civil society.
The Scottish Government made the very welcome announcement that it is to further increase financial support for Climate Justice and specifically on the issue of Loss & Damage.
Our climate justice advisor Nushrat Chowdhury from Bangladesh had this to say after meeting the First Minister earlier in the week.
Rising to the moment
Supporters across Scotland have been raising their voices in prayer and protest during this second week of COP26. Saturday was a very memorable day and the rain didn’t put people off coming out in force.
Over 100,000 campaigners met in Glasgow on the Global Day of Action with many other protests happening in Elgin, Orkney, Iona and elsewhere in Scotland and around the world.
The Time is Now
Christian Aid is grateful to Sony Music Publishing and the Marvin Gaye estate for allowing The Kingdom Choir to perform their version of the song, especially arranged by choir member Clinton Jordan. The original song was written by Marvin Gaye 50 years ago and is well known for its references to the climate and caring for creation (long before the climate change movement began). Conductor Karen Gibson from The Kingdom Choir says:
Ecumenical service for Philanthropy
We heard powerful messages directly from partners and affected communities about how the climate crisis is directly impacting their lives today and how we can stand in solidarity with them.
A recording of the event will be available soon.
Setting sail for climate justice with the Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN)
The boat of prayers continues to attract huge attention, sailing into Glasgow Cathedral, Sandyford Henderson Memorial Church and Broomhill Hyndland Parish Church this week. The paper prayer boats are an important reminder of how we must continue to pray for COP26 decision-makers, those excluded from climate conversations and those impacted first and worst. If you would like one of the boats to visit your church please do get in touch!
Kathy Galloway, former Head of Christian Aid Scotland has blogged each day of COP.
BBC Songs of Praise
Finally, did you manage to see Songs of Praise on Sunday? It’s a lovely watch. Grab a cup of tea and see if you can spot members of the Young Christian Climate Network and the COP26 protest art which has been touring Glasgow.