09/11/2020, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmOnline
Faith for the Climate and Footsteps (Faiths for a Low Carbon Future) Present
Countdown to the Glasgow UN climate summit 2021:
Faith voices from Birmingham
- Shahin Ashraf, MBE, Islamic Relief Worldwide
- Dr Malcolm Dick, Centre for West Midlands History, University of Birmingham
Dr Shanon Shah, Network Coordinator, Faith for the Climate
It can be frustrating and confusing for many people to make sense of the urgency of the climate crisis alongside the bureaucratic inertia and power struggles between national governments about the issue. Negative outcomes from landmark UN conferences about climate change – for example, in Madrid 2019 and Copenhagen 2010 – can be disheartening. Even the promise of the watershed Paris Agreement is now being met with increasing doubt and disillusionment. Will we ever achieve global impact on climate action?
This joint webinar between Faith for the Climate and Footsteps: Faiths for a Low Carbon Future addresses this question at an important and interesting time. Monday, 9 November, marks what would have been the start of the 26th United Nations Conference of Parties (COP) on Climate Change in Glasgow, Scotland. It is also the beginning of Inter Faith Week across the UK (8-15 November). This webinar therefore explores the crucial role that grassroots communities, especially faith groups, can play in pushing for more effective and ambitious climate action. Our speakers will highlight the possibilities that the postponed COP26 offers to local and regional climate actions in Birmingham. They will also look at what we can all learn from the efforts of Birmingham residents to contribute to climate justice – locally, nationally and globally.