Glasgow Ready

Six years on from the 2015 Paris Climate Summit (COP21) when Footsteps was formed, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) will take place in Glasgow from 1 – 12 November 2021, hosted jointly by the UK and Italy.  Its agenda will be the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement 2015, and it will address the need for countries to raise the level of their carbon emission reduction pledges agreed in 2015. The conference will aim to give particular support to countries on the frontline of climate change, enabling them to make essential adaptations to cope with a crisis they have done least to cause.

Footsteps works at city and community level in Birmingham.  At the beginning of 2021, the country is in the grip of the Covid 19 pandemic. It is exposing divides in the community similar to those that climate change will lead to.  The pandemic is exacerbating differences between high- and low-income groups, because those in low paid insecure employment are least able to insulate themselves from the effects of the pandemic.  Health and well-being inequalities between communities, ethnic groups and generations are also being highlighted. 

Footsteps’ Interfaith Week 2020 Round up started our focus on the November 2021 Glasgow Climate conference.   During 2021 we will be developing this theme to send a strong message to Glasgow from Birmingham.  

Footsteps: Glasgow Ready

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Action not Words

Action not Words – what can Birmingham do after the Climate Conference? A successful conference organised by the Birmingham Faith Leaders Group and Footsteps was attended by around 40 people from across Birmingham’s faith communities at Carrs Lane Church on Sunday 21 November.  In addition, some 15 joined via the live streaming. Speakers We first […]

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Reflections on the COP26 Global Day of Action

On Saturday 6th November (the mid-point of the COP26 UN climate summit), Footsteps joined with many other organisations under the umbrella of COP26 Coalition for the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice. In Birmingham, a march and rally attracted between 2 and 3 thousand participants. Footsteps & Birmingham Friends of the Earth volunteer Toqueer […]

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Faiths together for carbon neutral cities

Kamran Shezad from BAHU Trust (and a Footsteps member) joined a panel discussion at COP26, organised by Faith for the Climate, to discuss ‘faiths together for carbon neutral cities’. You can view a video of the discussion below. Alongside Kamran on the panel were Amandeep Kaur Mann (EcoSikh UK), Rajesh Purohit (Hindu Climate Action) and […]