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Episcopal climate-talks delegation plans to continue church’s advocacy

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:16pm

 

 

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians from across the church are heading to Bonn, Germany, for the 23rd United Nations climate change conference, where they hope to continue the advocacy begun at the past two gatherings.

Officially known as the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Nov. 6-17 conference is an annual intergovernmental meeting to focus on global dialogue and action around the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Fiji is presiding over COP23 in Bonn with the support of the German government. More information on COP23 can be found here.

Previous meetings have produced the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and the 2015 Paris Agreement, which serves as the basis for standards on climate action and lowering carbon emissions.

Appointed by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, the 11-member COP23 delegation will share Episcopal Church resolutions on climate change and information about the church and its ministries centered on ecojustice. Led by Diocese California Bishop Marc Andrus, the delegation will offer a spiritual presence through daily interfaith prayer and worship, and by encouraging active churchwide participation by Episcopalians through virtual participation and social media.

“Our goals are to build on the work done at previous conferences by urging member states to implement the Paris Agreement and pay particular attention to developing nations and the poor,” said the Rev. Canon Charles Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop for ministry beyond the Episcopal Church, in a press release.

Robertson said the delegation also hopes to “network within the accredited and public zones of the conference to spread the word about what the Episcopal Church is doing on climate issues.”

In addition, the delegation hopes its efforts will “raise awareness across the Episcopal Church of the importance of engaging on climate change as Christians,” according to Robertson, and “digitally engage Episcopalians in that work.”

This event marks the third Episcopal delegation to attend a COP meeting. A delegation attended COP21 in Paris in 2015, advocating for an agreement aligning with General Convention resolutions related to climate change. In 2016, a delegation traveled to Marrakesh, Morocco, for COP22, which focused on implementing the Paris Agreement and birthed the “We’re Still In [the Paris Agreement]” movement.

The Paris Agreement, which went into effect Nov. 4, 2016, calls on the countries of the world to limit carbon emissions, which will require a decrease in dependence on fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy sources; and for developed countries, those responsible for the majority of emissions both historically and today, to commit to $100 billion in development aid annually by 2020 to developing countries.

The agreement, which is a legally binding agreement, established specific actions and targets for reducing greenhouse gases emissions, mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change, and financing mitigation and adaptation efforts in developing countries. Signatory countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius and to make strong efforts to keep the rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The Bonn meeting takes place against the backdrop of President Donald Trump’s oft-repeated promise to fulfill his campaign vow to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement and curb the country’s commitment to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. According to the agreement’s rule, the United States cannot actually withdraw until 2020.

He claimed in his initial June 1 announcement that the pact was bad for the U.S. economy but said he might be open to renegotiating its terms to be more “pro-American.” That conditional approach has continued.

Our position on the Paris agreement has not changed. @POTUS has been clear, US withdrawing unless we get pro-America terms.

— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 16, 2017

Trump has called human-caused climate change a “hoax” and the concept of global warming a Chinese plot.

The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012

The New York Times reported Nov. 2 that the Trump administration will promote coal, natural gas and nuclear energy as an answer to climate change at a presentation in Bonn. The administration on Nov. 3 allowed release of the United States’ National Climate Assessment, which is required by law, even though its conclusions state that human action causes climate change, the Washington Post said.

How to join the delegation’s participation

  • Follow the delegation via its website, via Twitter (#EpiscopalClimate @EpiscoClimate) and on Facebook.
  • Pray for climate action.
  • Share parish or faith community activities on climate action here.
  • Send prayer requests, personal poems or prayers for consideration at the interfaith service in Bonn here.
  • Check out these resources offered as by the church’s Office of Government Relations.

Delegation

The delegation brings together a range of environmental, liturgical and churchwide experience in their representation of the presiding bishop.

The members of the Episcopal Church delegation with accredited observer status are: the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California; Jack Cobb, domestic and environmental policy advisor, Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations; and Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church representative to the United Nations.

Observer status allows each of these team members the ability to brief U.N. representatives on General Convention climate resolutions and to attend a variety of meetings in the official zone. Additionally, Andrus has been invited to address the inaugural UN meeting of the “We’re Still In [the Paris Agreement]” movement.

Other team members tasked with monitoring U.N. negotiations and networking are:

  • Sheila Andrus, ecological entomologist and science manager based in the Episcopal Diocese of California
  • The Rev. Andrew Barnett, associate for music and worship at the Washington National Cathedral and environmental scholar
  • Michael Coffey, an atmospheric scientist and professor at the University of the South, Sewanee
  • Nathan Empsall, Episcopal Church Global Partnerships/UN intern and communications specialist, and Yale Divinity School seminarian
  • Perry Hodgkins Jones, writer and member of the Episcopal Church Advisory Council on the Stewardship of Creation
  • The Rev. Melanie Mullen, Episcopal Church director for reconciliation, justice and creation care
  • Tom Poynor, Episcopal Church chaplain, University of California-Berkeley and scholar in theology and the arts, Diocese of California
  • Bill Slocumb, director of Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers and member of the Episcopal Communicators

For more information contact Lynnaia Main at lmain@episcopalchurch.org.

Episcopal News Service presenta nuevo sitio web

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 11:39am

[Oficina de Relaciones Públicas de la Iglesia Episcopal] Episcopal News Service (ENS), el galardonado servicio de noticias de la Iglesia Episcopal, acaba de inaugurar una nueva y avanzada página web en  www.episcopalnewsservice.org.

Visualmente atractiva, fácil de manejar y adaptada a dispositivos móviles, la nueva página web fue diseñada para mejorar la experiencia integral del usuario, crear conciencia del servicio de noticias y generar ulterior interés y participación en los ministerios transformadores de la Iglesia Episcopal.

ENS ofrece reportajes y análisis en profundidad de noticias locales, regionales, nacionales e internacionales para los episcopales y otras personas interesadas en la misión y ministerio de la Iglesia. Al ofrecer cobertura por escrito y en medios de difusión múltiples, es la fuente de noticias digital auspiciada oficialmente por la Iglesia Episcopal.

“ENS seguirá priorizando el reportaje sobre temas de justicia social, e inspirando a las personas a actuar, participar y conectarse para promover cambios significativos en el mundo”, apuntó la Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg,  jefa de redacción interina de ENS. “ENS también proseguirá su confiable cobertura de la constante labor de la Iglesia a través de sus órganos de gobierno y sus prioridades de misión”.

Entre las muchas nuevas características y mejoras que ampliarán la experiencia del usuario se cuentan: contenido de noticias organizado en menor número de secciones con énfasis en temas y tópicos y una avanzada función de búsqueda.

Episcopal News Service es un ministerio periodístico bien establecido que es fundamental en la evangelización digital y en informar a los episcopales y a otras personas  acerca de cómo la Iglesia Episcopal vive en el Movimiento de Jesús y hace realidad el evangelio en el mundo”, apuntaba Matt Davies, encargado de la publicidad y administrador del servicio digital. “Con nuestro receptivo sitio web y nuestro continuo énfasis editorial en los problemas de justicia social, el equipo de ENS cree que ha fusionado ingredientes esenciales para satisfacer el apetito de activismo y participación sociales, y esperamos despertar el gusto de una nueva generación de activistas que anhelan hacer suya la fórmula por el cambio global”.

Elementos clave de www.episcopalnewsservice.org

  • El nuevo sitio web ENS incorpora las populares secciones de anuncios de empleos [Jobs & Calls], eventos [Events], libros [Books], comunicados de prensa [Press Releases] y artículos noticiosos sobre personas.
  • ENS sigue alentando a las diócesis y congregaciones a presentar artículos noticiosos sobre ministerios locales y acontecimientos importantes en la vida de la Iglesia. Las normas de presentación de artículos a ENS se encuentran aquí.
  • Se seguirán ofreciendo oportunidades de patrocinio y publicidad a agencias y organizaciones relacionadas con la Iglesia que deseen dar a conocer sus ministerios, servicios, eventos, marcas y productos.

Más información sobre oportunidades en ENS se pueden obtenerse de Davies en mdavies@episcopalchurch.org.

Para presentar información

ENS ofrece las siguientes vías para compartir sus noticias.

  • Para presentar un comunicado de prensa para su inclusión en Episcopal News Service, haga clic aquí.
  • Para publicar una nota sobre personas (por ejemplo, un nuevo cargo, una ordenación, un premio o un honor), haga clic aquí.
  • Para publicar un listado de empleo o de llamado, haga clic aquí.
  • Para publicar un listado de eventos, haga clic aquí.
  • Para publicar un listado de libros, haga clic aquí.

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