Around 120 world leaders, tens of thousands of delegates and hundreds of climate activists gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, for the U.N. climate conference known as COP26, scheduled for Oct. 31 to Nov. 12. (EarthBeat photo/Brian Roewe)
We say: Protecting the environment for future generations and ensuring equitable solutions for those most vulnerable to climate change are matters of justice on which Catholics must speak and act in the follow-up to COP26.
Commentary: The climate crisis is already with us. We don't have even one more year to find solutions. Which leads us to hope. Catholics in the United States and around the globe are standing together in faith to develop the tools we need.
The U.N. climate summit COP26 took some steps forward in the global effort to rapidly limit dangerous levels of warming, but not nearly enough or fast enough, say Catholic groups who were present in Glasgow throughout the two-week conference.
All sectors of the church are invited to participate in the Laudato Si' Action Platform, the Vatican-backed initiative to encourage concrete action on sustainability and climate change. Based on Pope Francis' landmark encyclical on care for creation, it aims to spark a cultural shift away from exploitation of the planet and its resources.