The Vatican delegation and the Catholic Church will be “everywhere” during the two-week COP26 summit, from the highest-level private negotiations to the sidelines with grassroots “social action” and community-led events, said two delegates.
Alistair Dutton, a member of the Holy See delegation to COP26 and the chief executive of Caritas Scotland’s Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (Sciaf), which is one of a number of key local organisers, said church representatives will bring with them the people that climate change affects the most “to make sure that the voices of the Global South are heard clearly and are taken seriously”.
This cannot be a meeting about them without them, he said. Increasing the visibility of those most affected by climate change is important because past climate conferences have shown “those who are suffering most already get pushed to the sidelines, and it ends up being a talking shop among the wealthier nations”, he said.
Hosted by the United Kingdom in partnership with Italy, the October 31 to November 12 global climate summit aims to have world leaders put forward concrete ways to cut global emissions by half by 2030 and reach “net-zero” emissions by 2050 as part of efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
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With thanks to The Tablet, Catholic News Service (CNS) and Carol Glatz, where this article originally appeared.