COP28 - Unite. Act. Deliver.

From November 30 – December 12, 2023, the  United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28)  will be held in  Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

COP28 is the latest Conference of the Parties (COP), the group of nations that forged the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992. This framework set out to address levels of global warming that were becoming increasingly more dangerous to planetary health. The Conference of the Parties (COP) meets annually to discuss ways to address the global climate crisis.

Those least responsible for the carbon emissions that cause climate change are the ones being most impacted: young people, Indigenous communities, and communities in the Global South, and these are the ones who need to be driving the change that’s needed.

This global conference can serve as an important catalyst for leaders and communities of faith to pray, learn and act for climate justice.

The theme of COP 28 is Unite. Act. Deliver.  Let’s help this be so.

Ways to Become Involved:

1) Participate in the Road to COP Webinar Series

Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30-9:00 pm ET
Churches’ Advocacy on Loss and Damage
Hosted by ACT Alliance, KAIROS, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, For the Love of Creation
Watch the Recording

Thursday, November 30 at 1 pm ET
Climate Anxiety with Konnie Vissers and Pam McCarroll
Hosted by The Presbyterian Church in Canada in support of the work of For the Love of Creation
Cancelled – To be Rescheduled in 2024

Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30-8:00 pm ET
Laudate Deum: Eco-Spirituality in Action webinar
Hosted by Citizens for Public Justice, Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, For the Love of Creation

2) Hold a “Candles for COP” Vigil or Prayer Service during the weekend of December 8-10 (see more details below)

3) Follow #FLCCOP28 and #COP28 on social media and share updates with your networks

Want to take a deeper dive?

We need volunteers to help spread the word about learning and engagement opportunities being organized around the COP28 meetings. We call them the Animators’ Circle. Animators will:

  • – Promote and participate in learning events
  • – Organize a “Candles for COP” public witness/prayer service in your community or faith community
  • – Share social media posts and updates from COP28 with your faith community

Animator’s circle will meet in November before COP, once during COP with the delegation in Dubai and once in January 2024 after COP.  If you wish to be an Animator, please email flc.pac@gmail.com and we will follow up with the relevant information.

Candles for COP
Vigils for Climate Justice
December 8-10, 2023

From November 30-December 12, world leaders, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and others will gather at the COP28 conference in Dubai to advance action on addressing the climate emergency.

Despite increasingly clear evidence of the climate emergency, leaders across the world and particularly in Canada are failing to take the decisive action needed to protect our world, and particularly the most vulnerable members of the global community. Canada has yet to reduce our national emissions, our government continues to approve and subsidize new fossil fuel infrastructure, and we are not meeting our commitments to assist countries in the Global South to transition to low carbon energy sources and adapt to the impacts of climate change. This cannot continue. 

In recognition of the need for change, For the Love of Creation invites groups across Canada to host candlelight vigils in their own communities on the weekend of December 8-10, 2023. This will be a time to reflect and share our love for our planet, our concern for ourselves, humanity and all our non-human relations at risk from climate change. It is also a time to share hopes for truly transformative action to happen at COP and through each other. This invitation coincides with and complements Human Rights Day on December 10.

We encourage people to use their local events to highlight local climate-related issues that are important to them, as well as international issues such as the demand for a global Loss & Damage Fund. For the Love of Creation will be providing more information in the coming weeks on our advocacy asks for COP28 too. We will amplify each other’s voices by acting on the same weekend. Let’s light up the whole Canadian map!

The For the Love of Creation COP28 Animators’ Circle will be helping to organize Candles for COP vigils but we need more volunteers across the country to help organize these moments of public witness with us. 

Resources

Ready to host? Please add your event details to the map here.

Looking for an event near you? Check the map below for details.

Have questions? Please email flc.pac@gmail.com.


Note: If you have more than one event happening, fill out one form for each event (you will be prompted after submitting to enter another event). Every event submission will be reviewed and if approved, added as a pin on the map.