Support the Presiding Bishop’s delegation to COP27
- Follow Missioner for Climate Care and Climate Justice John Kydd’s updates here: https://ecww.org/missioner-for-climate-care-and-climate-justice-john-kydd-at-cop27/
- You can follow ALL of the aspects of our Episcopal engagement here: https://linktr.ee/episcopalcop27
- You can watch the major UN Climate Change events here: https://www.youtube.com/c/UNClimateChange
- One of the best ways to that you can support this work is to reshare our posts on social media and share your own thoughts with the hashtags #EpiscopalClimate and #COP27.
- An offer from our delegation: What questions do you have about climate change and the United Nations or about why and how we engage as The Episcopal Church? Email questions to email@example.com and we will get back to you!
- Episcopal Call to Climate Action – 4 minute video is on our COP27 homepage: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/ministries/creation-care/cop27/
- Get to know our delegates: Press release: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/publicaffairs/presiding-bishop-announces-episcopal-church-delegation-to-united-nations-cop27-conference/ and PowerPoint: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2022/10/Episcopal-Church-Presiding-Bishops-Delegation-to-COP27-1.pdf
- Expressing the Mind of the House of Bishops on Climate and Our Vocation in Christ – in English and Spanish: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/ecojustice/expressing-the-mind-of-the-house-on-climate-and-our-vocation-in-christ/
- Episcopal Church UN Climate Policy Priorities: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2022/10/COP27-Policy-Priorities-The-Episcopal-Church.pdf
- Episcopal Church Resolutions on Creation Care: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/273005-2/
- Join us for our Episcopal COP27 Closing Event and Report Back from Delegates on Wednesday, November 30th at 9am PT. After the close of the 27th Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, gather with Episcopal advocates and ecumenical partners for this closing event. Our Presiding Bishop’s Delegation will offer reports from their witness at the conference and summaries from the results of the negotiations. We will finish with a faith-led vision of the future of Episcopal advocacy around climate change. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrfuGrpzgqHNLTymlNpkHFXNa6naMZLeO7.
In 2021, Bishop Greg Rickel assembled a task force to focus on climate justice in the Diocese of Olympia. This group has now published a report that takes a hard look at the role that the Episcopal Church in Western Washington has already played in addressing creation care and environment; the urgency of stepping up those efforts; and recommendations for moving forward that apply to both the Bishop’s Office and to local congregations.
The report states:
“Beginning in the early 1990s, Episcopalians and other Christians in Western Washington joined forces to ask questions such as What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus Christ in these times of environmental decline? and How does our faith tradition inform and empower us?…
“But 2022 is a long way from 1992. Once again, the Church is called to ask vital questions about our role, our place, and our ministry within the communities we serve. And once again, the Diocese of Olympia has a unique role to play and special gifts to offer as we live faithfully in the world we are called to serve (Climate Justice Task Force Report, p. 10).”
Here is the full report: Climate Justice Task Force Report to the Bishop, May 2022
Here is the report, each section stand-alone:
Table of Contents
- Pledge to Care for Creation
- Use Your Voice to Advocate for Climate Justice
- Determine Your Carbon Footprint and Embrace Drawdown
- Offset Your Unavoidable Carbon Emissions
- Prepare for Environmental Emergencies
- Collaborate with Others
- Green Your Congregation
- Faith Formation
- Offer Intergenerational Opportunities to Explore Creation Care
- Engage Children & Youth in Climate Justice
- Train and Mobilize Church Members as Climate Stewards
- Connect to the Land
- Adopt Liturgies and Seasonal Practices That Revere Creation
- Resources and Staffing
- Hire a Canon for Creation Justice
- Move Resources into Socially Responsible Investments
- Reorganize the Bishop’s Committee on the Environment
[Photo credit: Stuart Meeks]
Task Force members:
John Kydd, Chair
The Rev. Carla Pryne
The Rev. Gail Wheatley
From the 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church (July, 2022)
Resolutions related to Climate Justice and Creation Care:
From the 15th Lambeth Conference of the Anglican Communion (July/August 2022)
[Convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lambeth Conference is an international meeting of Anglican bishops. The conference discusses church and world affairs and the global mission of the Anglican Communion for the decade ahead.]
Here’s the report from Lambeth on the global environmental restoration plan launched.
Carbon Offset Cooperative Mission
A Carbon Offset Cooperative Mission partnership was begun in 2012 between the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia and the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Philippines. This program allows members of the diocese to make donations for carbon offsets in Western Washington in order to fund tree-planting in the Philippines. Visit here to learn more about this partnership and to donate.