Preparing for the worst:the UN secretary-general, Ban
Ki-moon,with, seated, Felipe Calderón, who chairs the Global
Commission onthe Economy and Climate
He has called on all heads of government and businesses
represented to share what they are already doing to tackle climate
change, and to make pledges on the action that they will take in
the future. "Leaders from government, business, finance, and civil
society will present their vision, make bold announcements, and
forge new partnerships that will support the transformative change
the world needs," he said.
The UN has recently confirmed that representatives from 162
countries will attend the summit: 122 of these will be heads of
government, including President Obama and David Cameron.
Civil-society organisations, both in the UK and worldwide, have
been acting to raise awareness and accelerate local action since
the summit was announced. Local-government and world leaders have
been asked to attend the summit.
The People's Climate March has been arranged by a coalition of
climate-focused and advocacy organisations. The central march is to
take place in New York on Sunday, and worldwide marches are taking
place in every region.
The director of the multi-faith initiative GreenFaith, the Revd
Fletcher Harper, an Episcopal priest, has been a key player in
mobilising faith communities across the United States to be
represented at the march in New York. The Anglican Alliance
and other faith groups have been encouraging churches and
communities to join the People's Climate March in their city.
Interfaith events are also taking place in the next week: a
summit will bring together 30 faith leaders to sign a declaration
on the importance of urgent action on climate change; and, at a
conference taking place before the summit, faith communities will
discuss climate action.
In a recent television interview, Mr Fletcher said: "God gave us
this incredible gift; it is our job to take care of
[creation]. We're not doing as good a job as we can, and we
know how to do better. And that's what it's about, that's
what we're called to do."
Mr Fletcher is one of the speakers on the Anglican Alliance's
global webinar (an internet summit), which takes place after the UN
Climate Summit. Open to all, the online event will engage faith
communities around the world in discussions about the outcomes from
the summit, as well as what people can all do to take action.
The UN Climate Summit is expected to be a turning point before
climate negotiations in Paris next year, and pivotal in building
momentum on climate action worldwide.