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COP21 PARIS 2015
France hosted the 21st Session of the "Conference of the Parties" to the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) from November 30th to December 11th.
COP21 was a crucial conference,and succeeded in achieving a new international agreement on the
climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming well below 2°C.
The Conference of the Parties (COP), made up of all “States Parties”, is the Convention’s supreme
decision-making body. It meets every year in a global session where decisions are made to meet goals
for combating climate change. The COP in Paris will be the 21st, hence the name “COP21”.
Christians from Paris and the surrounding region, climate pilgrims from the UK and many other
countries, faith leaders, agencies and NGOs took part.
Starting on Friday 13th November in London a group of pilgrims walked to Paris and arrived on Friday 27th November, just before the United Nations COP21 meeting began.. Pilgrimage2Paris has been organised by the Church of England, Christian Aid, CAFOD and Tearfund. These organisations also came together to produce a Reflections Booklet with prayers and reflections for each of the days of the pilgrimage, written by people with a very wide range of perspectives on climate change.
Please download the booklet and to use it in prayer and reflection
Edward Mason, Head of Responsible Investment for the Church Commissioners, talks about why he walked the Pilgrimage2Paris and the role that responsible investment can play in transitioning to a low carbon economy. View the film here.
On Tuesday 24 November, 2015, in the run-up to the Paris conference, the Church of England's "lead" bishop on environmental issues, Rt. Revd. Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury gave a lecture entitled "Climate Change - A Spiritual Issue" at the prestigious College of the Bernardines in the heart of Paris’ Latin Quarter. This was the latest in a series of talks leading up to the UN’s COP21 talks on climate change starting in Paris on Monday 30 November.