#AmazôniaNossoÉden: Recursos para se manifestar no Dia da Amazônia
Sue Willsher from Tearfund in the UK wraps up our reports from COP25.
As Greta Thunberg reminded us during COP25 here in Madrid ‘we need both outrage and optimism – in fine balance’. Sadly, these climate talks have brought more outrage and frustration, although we still hold out for a miracle, and through prayer, a slice of optimism.
We needed these climate talks to be a success, but instead of unity, ambition and commitment to make every effort to limit average temperature rise to 1.5C, we’ve seen disagreements, postponing and loopholes. On the streets, the science and society are in agreement, while the governments negotiating during COP25 have failed to deliver the actions needed.
Young climate activists, indigenous groups, representatives on the receiving end of climate impacts were all here to urge world leaders to respond with urgency and decisive action. They were looking for the talks to show how world leaders are committed to protecting people, and the rest of creation too. Sadly, some key items could not be agreed:
To avoid the worst damage to our creation, emissions must decrease as fast as conceivably possible in rich countries including a complete phase-out of fossil energy. Action needs to start now, towards steep reductions in wealthy and high-polluting countries.
Now more than ever we need to see Christians vocal, keeping up the pressure on their national governments and joining with others in calling for more ambition to tackle climate change. As our biblical mandate of caring for creation necessitates, we can not stand by as so much irreversible damage is done.
A number of Renew Our World representatives were present in Madrid, working hard to meet as many government delegations as possible. In total they were able to make their plea to 26 government officials for more action, on behalf of many church leaders across Latin America. However, as one Renew Our World member expressed; ‘there was much disappointment in government action. I look to the church and civil society to work together to help bring about the huge changes we need.’
Renew Our World continues to grow at a rapid rate as a movement of Christians around the world, coming alongside millions of others from all faiths and none who are building pressure on world leaders and will continue to do so. We need to keep the pressure on our politicians and demand a fair and cleaner future.
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