Climate Hope for Future Generations
Ungdomar i Kenya. Fotograf: Magdalena Vogt
In our international work, we meet many of the people who are ultimately affected by climate change. We are inspired by their ideas and resilience.
We work to give them influence on decisions made about the climate at an international level. And we believe that religion can be a key that mobilizes and motivates more people to participate in the green transition.
As Christians, we see the green transition as part of our mission to care for God’s creation. Many religious traditions have a holistic view on humans and nature. Often they also have access to large networks of congregations and other social movements. Therefore, we urge religious leaders such as priests and imams to mobilize for the climate.
How our Network is Affected by Climate Change
Climate change is increasing, but still we humans continue to use natural resources in an unsustainable and unequal way. Many of the people we work with in other countries testify to how agriculture is failing and the supply of water is deteriorating. Many states have made global commitments on climate and biodiversity, but few have complied with their promises.
In our network, many people work innovatively with green transition and organize themselves to influence local laws and international agreements.
Within our distribution of funds for development cooperation, we each year dedicate a grant of five million SEK to promote our member organizations’ work with environment, climate and resilience.
We also cooperate with other actors in the Swedish and global civil society. We want decision-makers in the world to take greater responsibility for the climate by, for example, implementing the Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction and the Paris Agreement on climate adaptation and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
In May, the UN will hold the GP2022 conference with a focus on reducing the risk of disasters. SMC will participate with a delegation that has experience of both being affected and combating climate change.
We commit ourselves to: Act and practice what we preach, and to become protectors of this earth, to strive to live in harmony and sustainability, through our daily actions, how we invest, how we manage assets, and how we engage within our faith communities.
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