“If we are confident in the capacity of human beings to transcend their petty interests and to think in bigger terms, we can keep hoping that COP28 will allow for a decisive acceleration of energy transition, with effective commitments subject to ongoing monitoring. This Conference can represent a change of direction, showing that everything done since 1992 was in fact serious and worth the effort, or else it will be a great disappointment and jeopardize whatever good has been achieved thus far.” (LD54)
Pope Francis’ most recent exhortation Laudate Deum is calling for ambitious action at COP28 the annual global climate summit. It is scheduled to take place in Dubai from November 30 until December 12 this year. Leaders unite for two weeks of crucial climate discussions. This UN conference is pivotal, given the urgency the entire world is experiencing in what regards climate change. In Ireland we have experienced severe flooding, made more likely due to the climate crisis. This follows the a dangerously hot summer which smothered much of the Northern hemisphere where wildfires and floods led to people losing their homes, livelihoods and even their lives.
The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice along with the Jesuit European Social Centre and Jesuit Missions UK and EcoJesuit are joining our voices with Pope Francis and calling for Climate Justice at COP28. Among our asks is the establishment of a generous and fair Loss and Damage fund, ensuring that our food system is a priority and phasing out fossil fuels while ensuring a Just Transition.
As part of the COP28@Home campaign there will be a host of resources available including a Guide to COP as well as a Podcast on Pope Francis recent letter Laudate Deum which strongly focuses on COP28. You can get involved by sending a letter to your TD or MEP using our template letter. You can keep up to date by subscribing to our bulletin which will include updates from COP attendees, updates on the conference talks and in depth discussion on some of the key issues being discussed during the COP process.