Quakers and climate change at the UN

By suzannei on March 14, 2014

Lindsey Fielder Cook of the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) says that climate change is a peace and justice issue.

In 2012, the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) formed a new programme, Human Impacts of Climate Change (HICC). In January 2014, I was appointed as Climate Change Representative. The focus of the programme is twofold.

In “quiet diplomacy”, QUNO acts as an even-handed presence to offer “safe”, informal and off-the-record spaces in which delegates from various countries can meet, speak frankly and explore ideas. We held “quiet diplomacy” dinners last year at the UN climate change conferences in Warsaw and Bonn. We will intensify this work in 2014. The climate talks continue to face serious blockages.

We also produce briefing papers and explore connections between climate change (one of several planetary processes affected by human activities) and our work in human rights, food and sustainability, peacebuilding and natural resource conflict, and co-operation and conflict.

Climate change is called “the greatest challenge to humanity”. Efforts to sufficiently mitigate global greenhouse gas emissions due to human activities involve our political, economic, social as well as environmental relationships. How we face this challenge is the legacy we leave our children and grandchildren; our efforts are strengthened by our spiritual foundation and our Quaker testimonies.

The above article is taken from the latest issue of Earth & Economy, a free newsletter produced by Quaker Peace & Social Witness.

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