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COP26 Resources for Faith Leaders

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LEARN

What is COP26 and why is it important? Why should faith communities care?

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

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.

Faith communities have a moral imperative rooted in our faith and scriptures to protect God's creation (Genesis 2:15) and to love our neighbor (Leviticus 19:18; Mark 12:31, et.al.). Both commands teach us to care about climate change because ecological stewardship affects literally everything we care about.

 

Watch

 

A simple explanation of what COP26 is and why it is important.

 

Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical and climate scientist, explains how climate change is directly related to our faith.

 

Read

 

Consider one of these reads for your own enrichment, or perhaps start a book club to form a community around the reading.

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PRAY

How can I lead my congregation in prayer and worship?

Use the following prayers and worship songs in your services.

 

Prayers

This resource was put together by Climate Intercessors, a global network of believers praying fervently for the climate crisis.

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Worship

The following two songs are from the album Doxecology, which includes videos and a Study guide which you can download and use in your sermons and Bible studies.

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ACT

What do we do?

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2. Join the Evangelical Environmental Network Climate Vigil on November 6

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3. Keep talking about it!

 

1. Start a book club. Begin with Katharine Hayhoe's Saving Us:

 

Resources for Jewish COP26 Participants

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Events & Open Letter

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"The Tree of Life" Yom Kippur 5782

"So the Torah establishes very early on that there are certain boundaries, limits when it comes to our natural environment. And if we push past these boundaries, the consequences are severe. They are a matter of life and death."

 

—Rabbi Chaim Koritzinsky, Congregation Etz Chayim

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With the planet in peril, we religious leaders must speak truth to power.

"Two thousand years ago, Ecclesiastes taught that even a king is subservient to the soil. That includes prime ministers and chancellors; we are all dependent on and an interdependent part of nature."

—Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

 

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

Encourage your congregation to do a "Melting Polar Ice Caps" experiment at home!

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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.