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COP26: An Open Letter from British Methodists

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As COP26 approaches, we hear from Mollie Pugmire – one of the Climate Justice for All team. In this blog, she shares what the team are doing in the run-up to COP26 – and how British Methodists can have their say. 

Climate Justice for All (CJ4A) is a youth-led Methodist campaign to mobilise the global Methodist family ahead of the UN’s Climate Change Conference (COP26).

Each month, we have been releasing short films and worship resources. This monthly content has encouraged communities to be intentional about creation care in worship whilst enabling them to listen to stories from people all over the world with experience of climate action and climate change. For many Methodist communities in Britain, this has proved a valuable way to engage in the topic of the climate crisis while centring the narrative on those who are being impacted by our changing planet. This month, our content centres on the stories our growing volunteer network in Africa shared with us. Our short film and worship resources come from volunteers based in Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda and they are not to be missed. All of our short films and worship resources are held on our website.

Another exciting and key part of the campaign is the Open Letter which we are asking Methodists in Britain to sign. Earlier this year, we invited Methodists from all over Britain to join us for our ‘Have Your Say’ consultation sessions in which we asked people to share with us what they’d like to say to Alok Sharma, President of COP26, ahead of the COP. We then gathered a team of young people to distill the contributions into a powerful letter on behalf of all those who joined us. This has now been released as our Open Letter to Mr Sharma, and we are now encouraging Methodists to support it by signing it and sharing it in their communities. The letter can be signed easily and by a person of any age. We want as many Methodists as possible to show their support by signing to demonstrate to Mr Sharma and his team that, as Methodists, we believe in climate justice for all! You can sign the letter by clicking the button below.

Sign the letter

Finally, when COP26 rolls around in November, we are holding two six-hour live-streamed celebration events to reflect on the achievements of the campaign. We are gathering contributions from our volunteers all over the world. The events span twelve hours to ensure that no matter where in the world you are watching, there will be a time that works for everyone. Could you talk to your church about tuning into these events together and join us in celebration of global cooperation on climate change?  More information, including the themes we’ll be exploring, can be found in the graphic below, or over on our social media channels.

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