Posted by: mcgurker | August 14, 2008

Historic International Climate Change Negotiations held in Ghana next week

Next week, August 21-27, 2008, the next round of the United Nations Climate Negotiations will take place in Accra Ghana. The Accra Climate Change Talks will continue work on a strengthened and effective international climate change deal under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for long term cooperation. They will also work on emission reduction rules and tools under the Kyoto Protocol. For more information on the goals of the Accra round of negotiations see the UNFCC website.


Hosting the talks in Accra, the first African city to host climate change negotiations, sends a message to the world that climate change is an issue of justice. The effects of climate change will take a toll on all of God’s Creation, but those living in poverty and in developing nations will be hit the hardest because they depend on the surrounding physical environment to supply their needs and have limited ability to cope to climate variability and extremes.  According to the UN Environmental Program, (UNEP), “Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Computer models project major changes in precipitation patterns on the continent, which could lead to food shortages and increased desertification. Yet on the whole, African nations lack the resources and technology to address such changes.”


A delegation of our sisters and brothers in Christ, along with John Hill, Marcia Owens, and Tyler Edgar will be attending the negotiations as UN observers. While there, they will work to raise awareness about the need to find just and sustainable solutions to climate change.  Their joint presence and participation will also highlight the solidarity between US Churches and people and nations whose lives are at risk because of global climate change.


After the meetings in Ghana, the delegation will come to the United States to meet with UN officials in New York and continue their partnership with the NCC Eco-justice program in Washington DC.  We hope our participation in the Ghana talks will encourage the United States to take a lead in the post-Kyoto negotiations and to make sure the voices of Africans are heard. 


Stay tuned to learn about ways that you can get involved and stand in solidarity with those whose lives will be affected most by climate change. 




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