A one-hour Zoom workshop with Kamran Shezad, reflecting on his experiences of attending COP28. Kamran is Sustainability Lead for the BAHU Trust, and a Footsteps steering group member.
COP is the United Nations annual climate change conference. In December 2023, COP28 was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The conference featured the first global stocktake, an assessment of action towards the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. In Paris, countries committed to holding global temperature rises “well below” 2˚C and to pursue efforts to limit heating to 1.5˚ C. It was billed as a critical moment to “keep 1.5˚ C alive” as global temperatures fast near this threshold.
The conference also covered other important areas, including, the loss and damage fund and declarations on energy efficiency, ending deforestation, and the health impacts of climate change.
Kamran attended COP28 as a faith community representative and as an advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) where BAHU Trust has accredited ‘Observer Status’.
Kamran will first share his experience of COP28 and then respond to questions. When Kamran first arrived in Dubai, he produced a short video with his hopes and fears for the conference outcomes:
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Questions that Kamran will be responding to include:
- What was the main agenda of this year’s COP and what were the outcomes?
- How are faith groups involved? What goes on in the faith tent?
- What are lessons form COP28 for Birmingham faith community?