December 07, 2018

Mercy at COP24

Mercy International Association has a delegation attending COP 24 working towards climate justice in response to 'the cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor'.

Outcomes from the Mercy Asia Pacific Gathering from 19-25th of November detailed the impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable and provided a means to listen to urgent needs and the lived experiences of the Sisters. Key areas of concern from our Sisters, as reinforced by MIRP, are the importance for the indigenous voices to be heard and the recognition of our own oneness with the Earth. Sisters emphasized that climate change is human made and exacerbates loss and damage of biodiversity, sea level rise and rise of carbon emissions, waste management, pollution of the earth, sea, and food, displacement of peoples, water scarcity, erosion, sea bed mining and other forms of extraction.

These robust and vivid contributions from the Mercy Asia Pacific gathering has further informed our key advocacy and lobbying points at COP 24, taking into account the interconnectedness of environmental degradation and human displacement.

Mercy's Focus at COP24

Mercy International Association’s key advocacy points to the government representatives at COP 24 are:

1.       Ensure human rights-based guidelines for the Paris Agreement and sustainable ways to adequately finance;

2.       Address the urgency and deliver on the ambition to answer to the 1.5°C IPCC report;

3.       Incorporate local knowledge of the peoples in various communities; taking into account their human rights, responsibilities and gendered needs, and ensuring conservation benefits are fair and just;

4.       Encourage ecosystem-based approaches and systems to aid waste reduction and promote sustainable consumption and production;

5.       Place people over profit. We oppose misuse of resources that damage the environment, including large scale extraction and exploitation of the land and its people. We support the work of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights who work towards holding corporations accountable for their human rights abuses under international law.

6.       Ensure the Human Right to Water and Sanitation is attained and promote “Water and Sanitation”: A Peoples Guide to SDG 6 a rights-based approach to implementation” as a strong advocacy tool to achieve the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in our communities, nations, and world.

Mercy International Association has also signed on to the Peoples Demands for Climate Justice which outline demands for government representatives to:

1.       Keep fossil fuels in the ground.

2.       Reject false solutions that are displacing real, people-first solutions to the climate crisis.

3.       Advance real solutions that are just, feasible and essential.

4.       Honor climate finance obligations to developing countries.

5.       End corporate interference in and capture of the climate talks.

6.       Ensure developed countries honor their “Fair Shares” for largely fueling this crisis.

We are also endorsing the outcomes of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) and the Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania Report “Waters of Life, Oceans of Mercy.

Our demands are strong, but the stakes are high. We stand in solidarity with all those who share our concerns and our values if we want to bring about effective change for good in the Earth community.

Ways to Engage in COP24

Join the Mercy World in Prayer and Solidarity for COP 24

Follow Sessions from UNFCCC’s COP 24 including virtual participation and webcast

Follow Events of the Global Catholic Climate Movement

Read Daily Updates from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Messages to: Colleen Cloonan SwainLeadership Development and Advocacy Associate MIA-MGA at the UN


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