The Future of People and Planet: SAFCEI: Our Regional Interfaith Dialogue series for 2022 got off to a powerful start on Monday 14 February, with our first Southern African conversation for the year entitled What does your faith say about the future of people and planet. “Future” is a critical word here because this year, we focus on the voices of youth and we open an intergenerational conversation. Read More

The Seven Psychological Reasons that are Stopping us from Acting on Climate Change: When a gigantic threat is staring you in the face, and you can’t act upon it, it’s safe to assume there’s some sort of mental blockage happening. So what’s the hangup? That’s what a new report from ecoAmerica and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) at Columbia University’s Earth Institute – entitled Connecting on Climate: A Guide to Effective Climate Change Communication – seeks to help us better understand. Read more

COP26 President visits Viet Nam and Indonesia to progress putting the Glasgow Climate Pact into action: COP26 President Alok Sharma visited Viet Nam and Indonesia as part of the UK’s work to progress commitments made in the Glasgow Climate Pact at COP26

Mr Sharma met Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and key ministers in Hanoi, welcoming 2050 Viet Nam’s net zero commitment.

In Indonesia, Mr Sharma met a range of ministers to discuss how the UK and Indonesia can work together to reinforce climate action during Indonesia’s G20 Presidency. Read more

UNEP: Number of wildfires to rise by 50% Climate change and land-use change are projected to make wildfires more frequent and intense, with a global increase of extreme fires of up to 14 per cent by 2030, 30 per cent by the end of 2050 and 50 per cent by the end of the century, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRID-Arendal. Read more

What to Know about the UN’s Major Upcoming Climate Change Reports: Two major climate science reports are coming soon from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations body that convenes hundreds of scientists from around the world to assess climate change science. The first report, on climate impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability, is expected in late February; the second, on climate mitigation and solutions, will be published in early April. Our climate experts explain why these two reports are so important, what we expect them to find, and what they mean for climate action. Read more

Multi-religious Collaboration: The Tipping Point for Engendered Climate Change Policies: Religions for Peace will highlight the nexus between faith, women and the environment and showcase experiences, expertise and examples of women leadership and their unique contribution in the space of protecting and nurturing the environment. Read more

UNEA’s Role as Governance Architect: Once called “the world’s parliament on the environment,” the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) has a unique role in global environmental governance. The meeting, which is currently on in Nairobi, is high-level and universal-the only forum for stakeholders from all countries to discuss the environmental challenges we face. Read more

“Faith and Climate Change” Event March 3-5, Online and In-person: The 5th Annual James Sawers Jr. Interfaith Speaker Series will be held on March 3-5, 2022, and the keynote speakers this year are Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim. The events will be held in-person at the College of Charleston (various locations) and the Unitarian Church in Charleston (4 Archdale St.). But these events will also be accessible online via Zoom. It is free and open to all. Read more

Pacific In Deep Water but Climate Tragedy Still Avoidable: Pacific Elders have responded to the latest climate science report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), stating that it spells a dire, but not unavoidable, future for Pacific nations. Read more

The climate crisis: Arming the enemy from within: Banks and big corporations are still pouring billions into coal and oil, making climate breakdown harder to beat. Read more

‘Delay means death’: New climate report issues stark warnings: There are fears from scientists that the conflict in Ukraine will overshadow the release of a climate report that’s being called “an atlas of suffering” by the United Nations.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report on global warming shows the pace and scale of climate impacts are accelerating rapidly and outstripping current actions to address them.

Despite promises made in Glasgow last year, emissions are higher than ever as economies bounce back from the pandemic and time to make changes is running out. Read more

Climate change: IPCC report warns of ‘irreversible’ impacts of global warming: This report from the IPCC is the second of three reviews from the world’s foremost body of climate researchers. Last August, the first instalment highlighted the scale of the effect that humans were having on the climate system. This new report looks at the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change. It gives the clearest indication to date of how a warmer world is affecting all the living things on Earth. Read more



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