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Climate Change Update

COP23 and the Paris Agreement: where are we now?   (operationnoah.org)           
17 October 2017


It is two years since COP21 negotiated the Paris Agreement, a legally binding agreement to work towards limiting global temperature increases. The ambitious goals were to keep global temperatures at well below 2⁰C above pre-industrial levels, and to make strong efforts to keep the rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

So what has happened in the year since then?

Climate change could make Sahel wet: study


Decoding the Paris Climate Agreement
- Gerard Wynn, December 2015



The world concluded four years of negotiations on Saturday with the first universal agreement on climate change. Nearly 190 countries pledged national climate action, and all countries agreed a global long-term goal to phase out greenhouse gas emissions this century, suggesting a turning point in the use of fossil fuels.

The Paris outcome has two parts.

1. A 12-page “Paris Agreement”, which sets out new commitments for climate action beyond 2020, and potentially through this century.
2. A 20-page “Decision”, which describes what countries have to do before the Agreement enters into force in 2020.

Following is an attempt to decipher what all the wonky language means. (Read More)

Together we can cool the planet!


La Via Campesina | GRAIN | 16 October 2015

A video by La Vía Campesina and GRAIN gives you the information you need to understand how the agro-industrial food system is impacting our climate, and at the same time what we can do to change course and start cooling the planet. And every single one of us is part of the solution!

[Read the full article]

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Read up about climate change and its effects on the poor.

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Join a group working on climate issues.

Promote family farming.

How about reducing your energy consumption?
What can you do about lighting, insulation, transport,
food products, waste, and recycling?


The Climate Change Challenge

“On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.”
— Pope Francis
(quoted on the Global Catholic Climate Movement website)

Where we stand

AEFJN-UK recognises that climate change is preventing Africans from making as much progress as they might in their Struggle against poverty. It is committed to seeing how lifestyles and the behaviour of multinational companies contribute to the change and to raising awareness of possible solutions. 


So at the Africa Europe Faith and Justice meetings, one of our main activities is to take on the challenge of the issues surrounding the climate change crisis. Along with many others, we are banking on the December Conference in Paris being a worthy successor to Kyoto.

After the near debacle of Copenhagen, we are questioning how interested our Leaders are in their people's welfare. Perhaps the pitiful outcome of that summit signals the coming of age of the Climate Movement. "Its fundamental legacy is the acute and painful realisation that our leaders are not looking after us ... we are not cared for at the level of our very survival." - Sally Weinrobe, British psychoanalyst.

“We know that if we continue on our current path of allowing emissions to rise year after year, climate change will change everything about our world.  And we don’t have to do anything to bring about this future.  All we have to do is NOTHING!  We are in denial because we fear that letting in the full reality of this crisis will change everything.  And we are right.”  Naomi Klein – Guardian 07/03/15

Signs of HOPE: The UN has recently put its weight behind fossil fuel divestment. "We support divestment as it sends a signal to companies that the age of 'burn what you like when you like' cannot continue," said Nick Nuttall, spokesman for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
What we need to work and campaign for is an energy provision that is democratic, ecologically friendly and sustainable.

AEFJN-UK's members actively support the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition and the Global Catholic Climate Movement which also makes the link with Catholic Social Teaching. We believe that:

  • Climate Change is a reality which could undo all the good work the UK Government has been putting into aiding Developing Countries.

  • The problems posed by Climate Change are already creating great hardship in many parts of the world and they are going to become more severe. Very often the efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 are being curbed or reversed by Climate Change.

  • The Government should make it clear that all the UK's contributions to climate finance are additional but complementary to existing and promised development spending. Funding should be grants not loans.

  • Aid money passed to the World Bank (WB) to distribute is usually disbursed as loans, not grants. The UK Government should unite with other governments in either giving its Climate Change funding to the UN Adaptation Fund or insisting that cash given to the WB fund (called the PPCR—the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience) should be issued as grants not loans. (Loans to many Developing Countries will simply increase the burden of unrepayable debt on which they have to pay interest.)



"For many of our sisters and brothers living in poverty, climate change is becoming a matter of life or death.

Increased typhoons, floods and unpredictable weather in poor countries are leaving parents unable to feed their children, and devastating entire communities.

Years of our work together to strengthen people’s lives and livelihoods risks being undone. But if we act together – and act now – we can make a difference." (CAFOD)


For AEFJN's illustrated Climate Change factsheet (intended as an A5 leaflet) click here.