Prayers for 2017 Climate Agreement talks - day one


In 2015, nations met at the UN-facilitated summit in Paris in order to agree a deal to limit global warming. Against tough odds, they succeeded. Every country in the world except Syria is a member of the Paris agreement.

Starting on Monday, climate negotiators begin a week of meetings in Bonn, Germany, to agree a 'rule book' for the Paris framework.

This meeting will be co-hosted by the nation of Fiji. The people of Fiji, and many of their neighbours in the Pacific Islands, are under immediate threat from sea level rise. The United States has said it wants out of the deal, but the earliest date for withdrawal would be 2020.

The Global Catholic Climate Movement will be sending out daily prayers, information and a church teaching for each day of the meeting.

First day of the meeting, November 6: Pacific Islands

Visenia Navelinikoro and Paulo Baleinakorodawa, Columban Missionaries in Fiji
Fiji is the co-host of the current round of climate talks, which are the next step in the Paris agreement.

• Local issue: Low-lying Pacific Islands are threatened by catastrophic sea level rise. Fiji has already relocated its first climate refugees; the entire nation of Kiribati has purchased land to resettle its people.

• We pray that refugees from the climate crisis find peace and Fijian "Bula vinaka,"or a spirit of welcome, in their new homes. We pray that migration policies include climate refugees among those who need special consideration.

• Church teaching: "God clearly and repeatedly recommends hospitality and generosity toward the stranger.' (Pope John Paul II)

Download your prayer guide for the week here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DvZ4GFyzhfn-9fDzjf_YEbfxe-KXoR1-maJOMwYu8iU/edit

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