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COP26

What is it? Why is Spark participating?

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Follow Pastors Danielle and Kevin on Twitter above. Video reports and written reports will be posted to our YouTube channel as well as our Wordpress blog.

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WHAT IS COP26?

 

The "COP" stands for "Conference of the Parties," a gathering of all of the nations of the United Nations to discuss and commit to action on climate change. This is the 26th COP, hence COP26.

 

Why Is This Important?

As the ecological crisis of climate change becomes more dire, action becomes more crucial. This COP is considered by many the most important gathering to date, since the Paris Agreement in 2015, for reaching our climate goals. The decisions made at this gathering will impact this decade and potentially the centuries to come.

 
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Why Is Spark Participating?

 

The Christian Climate Observers Program (CCOP) is a recognized "Non-Party Stakeholder" at the COP. This authorizes a limited number of CCOP persons in the "Blue Zone,"* where only UN Approved NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations) representatives can attend. CCOP hopes to immerse Christian leaders in the world of climate action, training them to effect and influence change.

Pastor Danielle applied for the CCOP program, was accepted, and has been granted Observer status in the Blue Zone* at COP26 with CCOP. We believe that climate change is the most important issue of our day, affecting quite literally everything we care about. It is our pursuit of #GospelJustice that drives us to participate and advocate for creation care.

[*The Blue Zone is a UN-managed space which hosts the negotiations. The space brings together delegations from 197 Parties, alongside observer organisations to share their stories at panel discussions, side events, exhibits, and cultural events. All attendees within the Blue Zone must be accredited by the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).]

Pastor Kevin will also be participating with Pastor Danielle in the "Green Zone" a platform for the general public, youth groups, civil society, academia, artists, business, multi-faith groups (#Faiths4COP26), and others to have their voices heard through events, exhibitions, workshops and talks that promote dialogue, awareness, education and commitments.

 

Educational Resources for the SF Bay Area

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Learn how sea level rise affects the Bay through projected maps.

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Learn how to get a Clean Vehicle Rebate through CA's program.

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Learn more about Palo Alto's Sustainability and Climate Action

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Read Stanford's study on wildfire smoke's affect on children's DNA

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Learn more about California's Public Utilities Solar Initiative Programs

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Learn more about home solutions at Silicon Valley Clean Energy

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Have other resources? Let us know, and we'll add them to this list!

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Doxecology Music

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Additional Links

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Pope Francis joins world faith leaders in urgent climate appeal ahead of COP26.

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Join Catholics and people of faith to pray and advocate for the success of COP26.

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FOR KIDS! Find solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals. $10,000 prize pool!

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10 Strategic Prayers for COP26.

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A pack of ideas and tools made for teachers and schools to help you get involved.

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BrightNow towards fossil free Churches.

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Churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God's earth.

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Eco Church, An A ROCHA UK Project. Good news for God's earth.

Families! Do a "Melting Polar Ice Caps" experiment at home!

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Have other resources? Let us know, and we'll add them to this list!