Giving thanks for a moment of history

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Thank you for your prayers for the Paris climate change talks, which reached an historic conclusion last weekend.

For the first time, nearly 200 countries have signed up to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. They’ve set a new aim of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, which is very good news.

Paul Cook, Tearfund’s Advocacy Director, welcomed the agreement as a good step forward but warned against complacency: ‘This doesn’t give us everything we need – nations will need to go further in reducing their emissions over the next few years to ensure the global temperature does not rise by more than 1.5 degrees to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

‘What has been exciting is to see the growing movement these talks have fostered. People from all walks of life, including the church, have raised their voices for climate action in Paris.

‘We will not stop this momentum, but continue to hold governments to account, to help people across the world who are seeing the devastating daily impact of climate change.’

PRAYER

  • Give thanks that the Paris agreement is a good step towards a fairer and more sustainable world, and signals a commitment to shift to 100 per cent clean energy.
  • Pray for developed countries to honour pledges to provide US$100 billion by 2025 to help developing countries adapt to climate change and transition to clean energy.
  • Give thanks for the coming together of ordinary Christians, churches, business leaders, scientists, politicians and local authorities to speak out for climate justice.

For more detail on the Paris agreement, read this article.



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