Since Sunday, November 6th, delegations and governments have gathered in Egypt for the 27th Conference of the Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, known more commonly as the COP 27. Amid key meetings and debates, the film The Letter will give COP 27 attendees an impetus to raise the moral bar for their ambitions in the mitigation of fossil fuel emissions.
Screening events and a documentary video exhibit of The Letter will highlight pivotal topics such the disproportionate impact of the crisis on developing countries, the alliance of faith and science, and the value of a Catholic perspective on the climate crisis.
These topics, evoked by scenes in the film, will echo Pope Francis’ prayer that “COP 27 and COP 15 can serve to unite the human family (cf. ibid., 13) in effectively confronting the double crisis of climate change and the reduction of biodiversity.”
A confrontation is necessary. The COP 27 will not only test whether governments can respond to the urgency of this crisis, but also whether their dialogue can be informed by witnesses and survivors to environmental catastrophe. In the film itself, Pope Francis reminds us that such diverse dialogue is “like a choir” where “we have to sing together. And right now unity means saving mother earth, saving biodiversity, saving ourselves and our children.”
“We have to sing together. And right now unity means saving mother earth, saving biodiversity, saving ourselves and our children,” – Pope Francis, The Letter
Indeed, The Letter has the power to both unite and diversify the conversations at COP 27. Through the film the voice of the poor, the indigenous, the youth, and the wildlife are finally brought to the table.