COP26 is a moment of opportunity and of decision.
Our sisters and brothers in churches around the world are losing their livelihoods and homes, and we stand with them. Climate-vulnerable countries cannot access finance for adaptation and climate-induced loss and damages without incurring further debt. COP26 is the time to change this. We must hold our government accountable to delivering and exceeding the promised $100bn/year in climate finance. It's time to Rise to the Moment
In years to come, we want to be able to look back and say “we did not sit at home while unjust decisions were made on our doorstep, we set sail towards a just future”.
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Our boat, the pilgrim
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been recognition that “We’re in the same storm, but not in the same boat”. As young people under 30, we are mindful that we are on the course of another storm too; over half of all emissions have been released in our lifetimes, and global average temperatures are set to rise by several degrees over the decades ahead. The consequences of this storm will not be felt equally, but they will be felt acutely.
This boat is a representation of our hope that we would #RiseToTheMoment and use this year to set sail towards a more just future.
what are we asking for?
We are calling the UK government to:
Reinstate foreign aid budget to pre-COVID levels
Secure agreement from rich countries to at least double the decade-old promise of $100bn a year for climate finance
Ensure finance for climate-induced loss and damage
Push for debt cancellation so climate-vulnerable nations can better confront the climate crisis and other urgent priorities