The World Council of Churches(WCC) is sponsoring a meeting hosted by the British agency Christian Aid in London from 12 to 15 April that will examine options for faith communities’ participation in a proposed civil society campaign on climate.
The Geneva-based WCC groups more than 340 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over 110 countries.
In a statement on 10 April the WCC said the meeting will examine "what are the implications of climate change for development in a world where years of development efforts are destroyed in a few seconds or hours by a hurricane or a single flood?"
"The consultation is expected to renew and update ecumenical advocacy positions and policy in relation to intergovernmental negotiations on climate change after 2012 – the year when the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires," said the WCC.
"It will also review options for faith communities’ participation in a proposed global civil society campaign on climate change."
It said, "In reflecting from a theological and ethical perspective on the interface between climate change and development, the consultation will consider Northern societies’ responsibilities and how Southern societies can pursue their legitimate development goals. Also on the agenda are readaptation strategies as well as emission reduction targets and timetables."
The meeting will hear about plans for a global civil society campaign on climate change that environmental organizations together with faith communities intend to launch later during 2007.
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