07 Dec 7 December: Ministers negotiate
On Saturday, negotiators agreed a draft text for a Paris outcome, which ministers will now have the responsibility of turning into the final agreement. It’s a first step – but there’s a lot of work to do between now and the close of the conference if we are to end with a just, binding and ambitious climate deal. There are many unresolved big disputes including:
- the temperature target
- who has responsibility for action in key areas
- financial support for poorer countries to deal with climate change
- terms for countries to report their emissions
- the way commitments will be reviewed so ambition can be increased over time.
Last week was often exhausting, as negotiators worked late into the night to meet deadlines. This week will probably be just the same. We pray for renewed energy, courage and wisdom for all involved – and above all, that negotiators will keep the urgency of the task and a vision of the common good at the forefront of their minds at all times.
You have called us to be keepers of your Earth;
through greed, we have established an economy that destroys the web of life.
We have changed our climate and drown in despair.
Let oceans of justice flow,
May we learn to sustain and renew the life of our Mother, Earth.
We pray for our leaders, custodians of Mother Earth;
as they gather in Paris at the climate talks
May they negotiate with wisdom and fairness,
May they act with compassion and courage,
and lead us in the path of justice for the sake of our children and our children’s children.
The Rt Revd Desmond Tutu, Emeritus Archbishop of Cape Town
Prayer contributed by Anglican Communion Environmental Network.
You can find a powerpoint to accompany this prayer here.