We say: There is no denying it — fossil fuels lead to death. But the COP27 negotiators chose to remain attentive to the influence of the fossil fuel industry and to a political culture of instant gratification.
Catholic groups welcomed the historic deal reached at the United Nations climate summit to establish a "loss and damage" fund for vulnerable countries, even while negotiations fell short in other areas, they said.
Catholic sisters are among thousands of activists worried the slow progress of COP27's negotiations on a loss and damage fund risks the likelihood nations will deliver and build upon climate commitments.
"God, we seek your intervention at this sacred place where Moses received the Ten Commandments," Fr. Vitalis Anaehobi said, leading Catholics in prayer at Mount Sinai Nov. 14, during U.N. climate change negotiations.
Religious leaders at the U.N. COP27 summit say the challenge of climate change requires a consensus-based approach rooted in solidarity, urging world leaders to take action to save the planet from climate hazards.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin addressed world leaders at COP27 on Nov. 8, saying, "This is a time for international and intergenerational solidarity. We need to be responsible, courageous and forward-looking not just for ourselves, but for our children."
As COP27, the annual U.N. climate conference, gets underway in Egypt, Catholic groups worry that world leaders might fail to implement previous agreements meant to tackle climate change and support adaptation in Africa.