UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)

The UN Conference on Climate Change – COP26 – is due to take place in Glasgow, UK in November 2021. The conference brings together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree how countries should tackle the climate crisis.

Quakers around the world are calling on governments to commit to essential climate targets and to place justice at the heart of solutions to climate breakdown, and protect life on earth. There are many ways to support climate action at the UN climate talks.

Here are some links to ways you can get involved with Quakers worldwide:

Britain Yearly Meeting’s Countdown to COP26
Britain Yearly Meeting has put together a useful timeline of actions in the run up to the UN climate talks in Glasgow from 1–12 November 2021.

Taking Action for Climate Justice: At the UN Climate Talks 2021 and Beyond
This action guide from Quakers in Britain offers an introduction to COP26 and explains why this is such a critical point for climate campaigners. It also outlines how Quakers in Britain are taking action and suggests some ways to get involved.

Online and in person events with Woodbrooke and Quakers around the world

Over the course of COP26 in Glasgow, there are a number of online and in person worship spaces for Quakers to be united together in faith. Glasgow meeting House have in person worship for reflection, Woodrooke and British Quakers are offering online worship times.

Loving Earth project
This is a creative project that was started by a small group of Quakers and is open to everyone. For the project you are invited to create a textile panel that celebrates people, places, creatures and other things that we love but which are threatened by growing environmental breakdown. The panels which represent communities and places around the world are going to be displayed as an exhibition in Glasgow, UK during COP26 to remind delegates at the conference what is at stake and to show that people around the world are already doing what they can, but we depend on Governments to do more.

You can find out more by watching the introductory video.

Spiritual preparation for COP26
Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre and Quakers in Britain are running monthly online sessions, supporting Quakers who are interested in taking action on climate change in the run up to, and during COP26. These sessions are open to all Quakers and will provide a space to nurture our spiritual resilience and resistance to climate breakdown, as well as sharing ideas and learning about taking action for climate justice.

QUNO resources

Young Friends Worldwide for Climate Action, Peace, and Justice
Young Quakers aged between 16-35 are invited to join this network of young Quakers around the world, and across Quaker branches, who are engaged in climate action, peace, and justice. In 2020 they ran a series of 5 online interactive workshops to share their stories, experiences, and thoughts on climate action, peace, and justice and the group is continuing to plan activities together. Young Friends from around the world are welcome to join.

Faith and Science: Towards COP26
The British and the Italian Embassies together with the Holy See, are convening a series of meetings of religious leaders and scientists to set out their vision for tackling the climate crisis and build momentum for COP26. Gretchen Castle, FWCC’s General Secretary is taking part in a series of virtual meetings alongside faith leaders to prepare for the final event in Rome in October where the faith leaders will be asked to prepare an appeal to the political leaders attending COP26. Discussions include faith’s theology on care for the environment; action taken so far in caring for the environment and tackling climate change; and thoughts on the way forward including any new commitments planned.

Here you can watch a recording of Gretchen Castle’s speech on behalf of Quakers at the first ‘Towards COP26’ virtual preparatory dialogue, on 4 February 2021.