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A Yardstick and a Grass Mat

Photo: Rev. James Bhagwan of the United Methodist Church in Fiji describes the Tanaloa custom and the grass mat that Fijians use to hold community dialogue

The Paris Agreement is built on the expectation that the global community will take increasingly significant steps to address climate change over the next several decades—so the initial commitments countries have made to reduce emissions are just baby steps. The process of gradually ratcheting emissions reductions globally is called the “arc of ambition.”

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Exactly one year ago today, the participants of COP 22 in Marrakech woke up to the news that America had elected Donald Trump 45th president of the United States. That election caused trepidation and worry across the international climate community, and the world waited to see what all of it meant for climate talks.

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In remembrance at the Joe Byrd cemetery in Huntsville, TX.

Saturday, November 4 dozens of Texans of faith gathered at the Joe Byrd Prison Cemetery in Huntsville for the 5th Annual In Remembrance event. In Remembrance takes place on the Saturday after the All Souls Day remembrance, and is an opportunity for Texans of faith to remember the sacred worth of all humanity by remembering those lives lost in the Texas criminal justice system.

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty with the objective of stabilizing greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent anthropogenic (man-made) interference with the climate system. The treaty entered into force in 1994, but it is not a legally binding document, rather, it is a framework for negotiating other international treaties and agreements that are enforceable as they relate to GHG emissions.

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a packed house for the open dialogue between parties and non-party stakeholders at COP23

Representatives of national governments that are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meet with non-party stakeholders in the first-ever COP open dialogue between parties and representatives of civil society.

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The 23rd conference of the parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) began on November 6th in Bonn, Germany. The annual COP serves as a meeting point for national delegations and negotiators, international NGO’s, scientists, business leaders, faith-based organizations, and activists comprising over 10,000 attendees from all over the world. The presiding nation over COP 23 is Fiji, but because of a lack of capacity in part due to effects of extreme weather on the island nation, the seat of the UNFCCC in Germany is the venue.

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The world is gathering in Bonn, Germany this weekend for the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  The island nation of Fiji has the conference presidency and promises to infuse the conference with their Bula Spirit.  Bula is both a greeting and a blessing of wellness and happiness.  The Bula Spirit is on

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Bee Moorhead and Imaad Khan of Texas Impact will be at the COP23 UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany during the first two weeks in November.  They’ll be bringing the conference to Texas Impact members through social media and daily web updates. 

Here’s some background information on the conference, to give context to their reports.        

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October 27, 2017—Austin, TX—A number of prominent religious organizations and clergy members in Texas, representing multiple faith traditions, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. 5th Circuit on October 20, asking that it uphold the injunction against anti-immigrant SB 4, which San Antonio U.S. Judge Orlando García granted at the end of August.

 

More than 120 Texans of faith gathered Tuesday at Bering Memorial United Methodist Church in Houston to stand in solidarity with undocumented immigrants at a Prayer Vigil led by leaders of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith traditions. Sponsored by Texas Impact, the Vigil highlighted the harm created by Texas’s recent anti-immigration Senate Bill 4 and DACA decisions.

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