Quaker Conversation, Session 8: How do we seize the moment to protect God’s creation and life on earth?
About Session 8:
“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” – Arundhati Roy 2020
The pivotal UN climate talks COP26, where countries will update their Nationally Determined Contributions at the heart of the Paris Agreement, are scheduled for November 2021 in Glasgow, UK. It is a crucial moment for climate action and an opportunity for countries to increase their climate ambition.
The truth is we are on the brink of missing the opportunity to limit global warming to 1.5°C and avert catastrophic climate breakdown. We have an opportunity now to make the rapid changes needed for the future of the earth. The challenge going forward will be that rebuilding the economy after the coronavirus pandemic will be the first priority for governments around the world, at whatever cost. But things must not go back to ‘normal’. We must do everything we can to ensure the world is built back better.
There are encouraging signs that this is not only possible, but positive changes are already happening. Good news in recent months has shown us that 2020 saw the largest fall in global emissions ever recorded; Europe used more renewables than fossil fuels for the first time in 2020; the US has re-committed to the Paris Agreement and to working multilaterally again; and FWCC has been working with young Friends around the world sharing their urgent call for climate action, peace, and justice. More people than ever seem to be aware that the transition to a carbon neutral society must succeed.
As Quakers, how do we seize the moment to protect God’s creation and life on earth? What role can we play in a successful and exciting movement to build back better? How can we be courageous and guided by our faith to create the future that we need?
As a worldwide community of Friends, we are united by a belief that God’s creation is sacred, and a shared desire to find hope in the darkness, and protect life on earth for all people and all living things.
Join us in conversation to discuss how you can get involved and what you can do to support climate action, peace, and justice at this crucial time.
About our speaker:
Susanna Mattingly, Sustainability and Communications Manager, Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC).
Susanna runs the sustainability programme at FWCC World Office in London. She coordinates sustainability action with Quakers around the world, and represents Quakers at both international and local interfaith climate events. Through gathering and sharing stories she is supporting and growing a global sustainability movement that Friends all over the world can contribute to, amplifying the global Quaker voice on the issue. She studied politics and international relations at university, and worked with businesses and financial institutions on sustainability projects for several years before joining FWCC in 2017.
She was born in Michigan, USA and started attending Quaker Meeting when she was 3 years old after moving to the UK, and has been involved with Quakers throughout her life
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