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June 2021: Journey to COP26

Edmund Rice Global Family Journey to COP26 is a six-month campaign organized by Edmund Rice England and Edmund Rice International to raise awareness among the Edmund Rice Global Family of the importance of taking climate action as we head towards Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP16).

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Campaign Action

Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP)

The PCP, part of the work of the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice & Community Education, Australia, raises awareness of the devastating impact of climate change on the vulnerable nations of Kiribati, Tuvalu and islands of the Torres Strait.

This month we ask that our Edmund Rice global community raises awareness about the impacts of climate change on the Pacific. PCP has a wide range of resources available to help you do this, or arrange a talk with coordinator Corinne Fagueret (cfagueret@edmundrice.org).

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Lifestyle Change

Eat less meat. Plan a few days in the week to eat vegetarian meals. Why? Raising cows, pigs and chickens generates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all vehicles on the planet combined. Huge, intensive farms have cleared millions of square kilometres of forests for grazing pastures, decimating natural ‘carbon sinks’. If we eat fewer meals with meat or dairy each week, we can have a huge impact on the health of our planet and improve our own health.

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Reflection

Pope Francis has been outstanding among world leaders in drawing attention to the climate crisis facing our world. His letter of 2015, Laudato Si’, published in advance of the meeting of world leaders in Paris for COP 25, urges all humanity, not just Catholics, to a change of heart about creation. We love what we care for. As we grow in love for creation, we will increase our care for creation. We will listen both to the cry of the planet and the cry of the poor.

Our Christian faith calls us to care for all that God has created. It goes further as it tells us that God is in every single particle of creation. We need, like St. Francis of Assisi, to see the natural world as our brothers and sisters e.g. the film Brother Sun, Sister Moon. See trailer for the film.

Since COP25 the Covid pandemic, which still grips the world, has created an even greater awareness of the plight of the planet. Pope Francis sees that the meeting of leaders at COP26 (in November 2021 in Glasgow) is a critical opportunity for humanity. He has launched a Laudato Si’ Action Platform to maximise this opportunity. The details are available here. So, as followers of Edmund, as we begin this journey towards COP 26, let us open our minds and hearts to the invitation of Pope Francis to be part of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. May we be inspired by the faith of Edmund, described in the 1832 Rule as that which inspires members to view nothing but with the eyes of faith.