For months, Catholics across the globe have been uniting and raising awareness about the United Nations 26th Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.
More than 100,000 Catholics on six continents and 430 Catholic organizations, collectively representing hundreds of thousands of Catholics, supported Pope Francis’ plea by signing the Healthy Planet, Healthy People petition.
Now COP26 is here, and here’s everything you need to know about the vital UN summit, including how you can get involved and how Catholics across the globe will be advocating and praying for our common home.
Defending a Healthy Planet: Franciscan action at the UN Climate Conference
Monday 1 November
10:00 New York / 17:00 Rome
COP26 will be a pivotal moment for the preservation of our common home and Franciscans will be present to demand strong and urgent action.
Join this event, directly from the parish of the Friars Minor in Glasgow, to see how Franciscans around the world are coming together for climate justice and what you can do to support this work.
Faith in Action for Climate Justice
Tuesday 2 November
15:30 New York / 20:30 Rome
At COP26, faith groups will hold an event to express our hopes and demands for a COP that delivers on climate justice. Laudato Si’ Movement leaders will hand over more than 100,000 Healthy Planet, Healthy People petition signatures, further amplifying faith leaders’ call for urgent action to be taken in Glasgow.
24-hour Online Vigil
Starts 5:00 New York / 12:00 Rome
This 24-hour vigil, which will take place in-person and online, is a time to pray, meditate, and reflect on our efforts as human beings to protect our common home. It is also a time to pray for the negotiations at COP26, that they may deliver conscious discourse and conscious actions from our leaders.
Global Day of Action
As world leaders meet in Glasgow for COP26, it’s crucial that Catholics everywhere take urgent action against climate change. Whether in Glasgow or your city, use this day to take action against the climate crisis.
Catholics at COP26
Wednesday 10 November
13:00 New York / 19:00 Rome
Pope Francis has asked us to take “decisive, urgent action to transform this crisis into an opportunity.” This panel event will explore:
- What is happening to the climate and why is COP26 so important?
- What has happened at COP26 so far and what are the Church’s key demands?
- How can we root care for creation in our Catholic faith?
- What’s next for Catholic engagement and action?
Join this opportunity to engage with climate science, explore insights from theology, and discuss the church’s role in communication and action around the climate crisis.
November Global Laudato Si’ Monthly Prayer Gathering
Friday 12 November
11:00 New York/ 17:00 Madrid
As COP26 continues in Glasgow, join this global movement to pray for all of God’s creation and an outcome from COP26 that will truly care for our common home. The prayer gathering will be broadcast in Spanish with live translations in English, Portuguese, and Italian.