The decision to hold COP 28 in the United Arab Emirates has attracted criticism from many groups who have an interest in addressing climate change. UAE, which is perceived to have a strong vested interest in continued use of fossil fuels, have also proposed that they host COP 29. Mariana Paoli, Head of Global Advocacy at Christian Aid, said:
“There’s already too many fossil fuel lobbyists interfering with the climate negotiations. Last year at COP27 there were 636 registered, more than any single national delegation apart from the UAE. We need to draw a line in the sand and see these interests removed from the talks, not allow one of the world’s biggest oil producers the job of hosting the meeting two years running. It is totally unacceptable.”
In the light of rapidly deteriorating climate stability and the growing emergency which is impacting every nation across the world, we are encouraging you to pray for good outcomes from this conference.
At 8am every morning during COP28, from 30 Nov to 12 Dec, Green Christian will be 10 minutes of prayer and reflection, focusing on the theme of the day. This will be on Zoom and led by our chaplain, Revd Andrew Norman. To register to join the prayer sessions, click here.