Please join Franciscan Action Network on Tuesday, November 16 at 1:00pm ET (10am PT, 7pm Rome) for “Franciscan Climate Advocacy After COP26,” a faith-informed exchange on creation care advocacy. This is a special event for FAN institutional members and Franciscan Justice Circles and will include a briefing by a Franciscan friar who participated in COP26.

On Friday, November 12, world leaders and climate activists will conclude the U.N. Climate Summit, popularly known as COP26, held in Glasgow, Scotland. They will return to their respective countries with promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, end and reverse deforestation, and assist developing countries in addressing the harmful effects of climate change. Prior to the opening of COP26, Pope Francis urged world leaders to “take radical decisions” that would “provide effective responses to the present ecological crisis.” How well did world leaders heed Pope Francis’ call for urgent action? What can we do now to advocate for climate change?

We were delighted to welcome two outstanding presenters.

Br. Angelito Cortez, an active participant in the COP26, is the Vice-Director of the JPIC Office in the general curia for the Order of Friars Minor. Previously, Br. Angel was a member of the JPIC Animation Committee of the order and the JPIC animator of their province and the OFM East Asia Conference. He was the chairperson of the Franciscan Solidarity Movement for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.

Dahlia Rockowitz, the Washington Director of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action. Dahlia previously worked in both the climate and Jewish social justice movements, planning activist trainings for thousands of committed volunteers around the world at the Climate Reality Project and advocating to the US government in support of human rights and climate justice worldwide at American Jewish World Service. Dahlia studied environmental justice and policy at the University of Michigan where she also co-designed a massive open online course on how to address and respond to climate change.

Sr. Louise Lears SC, the FAN Director of Climate Advocacy, moderated the discussion.

Now is the time for all people of faith to increase their commitment to our common home by doing more than ever to protect God’s creation. We urge you to continue engaging with us and update us on your plans for climate advocacy. Contact us here.

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