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From 3 to 14 December, world leaders are going to be meeting in Katowice, Poland, to agree how to fulfil the Paris Agreement to address climate change.

The 2015 Paris Agreement was a huge leap forward in our fight against climate change. It was the first time nations from all over the world agreed to take collective action on climate change in an effort to limit temperature increase to within 1.5 degrees.

Why are these negotiations important?

We need to continue working on climate change because millions of people living in poverty are already being affected by more frequent storms, droughts and floods. So we need to send a clear message to world leaders that the challenge is urgent and the time for action is now.

This October saw the release of the IPCC Report on 1.5C highlighting the urgent need for governments and individuals to make decisive changes to put the world on track to keep global warming to within 1.5 degrees.

Talking about degrees might sound a bit odd, but every fraction of a degree matters to people living in poverty who are already experiencing increased floods, storms and droughts. For example, sticking to 1.5 degrees will save the homes of millions of people living on coastlines or islands.

This year’s negotiations are just as important as Paris because governments and institutions such as the World Bank will be gathering to agree how they are going to fulfil the Paris Agreement. It is crucial that it includes agreeing fair and transparent rules to turn the agreement into action, finance for developing countries to adapt to changes in the climate, and national country plans for how they are going to cut emissions over the next two years.

How can I help?

It often feels like the challenge of climate change and keeping global warming to within 1.5 degrees is impossible. But, with faith, all things are possible. In Matthew 17:20, Jesus says if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, then nothing is impossible for us. That includes keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Will you join us in prayer and petition this year by calling on world leaders to give their all this COP? Sign our petition here.

Kit Powney

Kit Powney is passionate about campaigning and works in our Tearfund Action team, when she isn't in the office you will find her exploring the great outdoors in some way shape or form.