Bold Voices for Climate Justice

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The biggest climate event of the year happened last month in Dubai, UAE. It’s called COP (for the U.N. Conference of Parties) and it’s the only time each year when world leaders and civil society groups are brought together to address the global nature of the climate crisis.

UUSC made sure our partners were there — supporting over 20 representatives from 18 organizations around the world to attend and participate. Grassroots groups led actions, organized events to promote climate justice, built solidarity, and demonstrated their leadership throughout the negotiations.

This year’s conference began with formalizing a global loss and damage fund, which has been a key element of UUSC’s advocacy for climate justice. Our partners have been on the forefront of securing the large financial resources needed to help vulnerable countries address climate impacts and displacement. In the coming months, UUSC will be calling on the U.S. government to increase its contributions to the fund.

We also witnessed growing domination of the fossil fuel industry interests at the annual event and weak progress from global governments’ emission reduction efforts toward keeping global temperature increases below 1.5 degrees Celsius. This makes ever more critical UUSC’s work to uplift the voices of communities bearing the worst impacts of the climate crisis.

This year, UUSC played a key role in the inclusion of a first-of-its-kind faith pavilion, spotlighting the moral dimension embedded in our interconnected work developing locally led solutions to global climate challenges.

Learn more about how Indigenous groups powerfully shared their own narratives, building solidarity across movements and across geographies at COP28 in a new blog on our website.

Thank you for all you do to support our campaigns for climate justice that reach around the world.

In solidarity,

Mike Givens

Director of Strategic Communications, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee