Sunday, February 6, 2022

Good COP, Bad COP

 In case you missed church today (as I did - in Covid isolation!) here's a report from Rosemary on some of what happened before the church lunch: 

Good Cop, Bad Cop!

This Sunday we sat down with our mugs of coffee following the morning service for a quick update – to find out if anything is happening after November’s COP26.

We talked about 

Care for creation being central to our faith – the fifth mark of the 5 Marks of Mission for those in our Anglican church.

The most important thing we can do this decade is to drastically cut the use of fossil fuels – and yet the IMF says we subsidise fossil fuels £5.9trillion /year….

The C of E and Reading Borough Council, are both committed to be carbon neutral by 2030.

We are currently at 1.2 degrees warming above pre-industrial temperatures; we are aiming to stop the temperature rising above 1.5 degrees. Currently we are heading for 2.4 degrees if the COP promises are kept 

Good things from COP26

Lots of people, lots of young people, lots of evidence of church involvement: 100,000 people marched in Glasgow and lots of others in other places around the world. There is now a lot of public concern

Climate justice is talked about – the industrialised countries most responsible for the emissions that cause global warming are not the ones who are suffering most from the disasters caused by climate change. 

An agreement was made to reduce deforestation & methane gas emissions

>20 countries agreed to stop funding fossil fuel extraction overseas; 

There is agreement to have further dialogue on creating a climate finance pot to cover loss and damage

Bad things from COP

We are still heading for temp rises of 2.4 degrees.

No agreements made for climate finance and none to stop fossil fuel use

Fine words, but no action….just blah blah blah!

Corporate courts;  trade agreements with multinationals often include a clause saying they can seek compensation from corporate courts, should the country pass laws which adversely affect their business.

Reliance on net zero – on technologies that do not yet exist at scale, at not thinking to try to improve things by a negative carbon balance. Its not when we reach net zero but how; if we continue life as usual until 2050 we will put a lot more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere – we actually need to reduce by 50% our greenhouse gas emissions every decade. 

So what to do?

1. Look at TEAR Fund’s Climate Fact sheet to help understand the issues.

2. Know about The CEE (Climate & Ecological Emergency Bill. Now supported by 121 MPs – but not by Matt Rodda (or MP) and the Reading Area Green Christians are hoping to get together a group to meet up with him. Find out more about the CEE Bill at Zero Hour Climate UK

3. Reading Borough Council pensions are in a pot called the Berkshire Pension Fund – which has £29 million invested in companies involved in fossil Fuel Extraction. We agreed to e-mail our council representatives to tell them that we want them to divest.

4. Do your own climate footprint – as advertised in the recent church newsheets; go to Carbon Calculator - Climate Hero  (