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December 7, 2009
By Peter Kenny
Ecumenical News International

Geneva - When church bells start ringing in Copenhagen, and all around the world, on Dec. 13, they will not be heralding an early arrival of Christmas. Rather they will peal out a call to action and prayer to respond to impending climate change.

December 6, 2009
By Brian Winter
USA Today

COPENHAGEN — Sunday started like any other day for Sister Joan Brown — with a period of prayer and meditation just before dawn at her home in Albuquerque.

December 4, 2009
Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s chief rabbi has called for a Sabbath devoted to the environment ahead of the climate talks due to be held next week in Copenhagen.

Jonathan Sacks says he wants the Sabbath beginning Friday night to be focused on environmental issues and has asked Jews across the U.K. to pray for sustainable habits of consumption and...

December 4, 2009
Global Peace Initiative of Women
Press Release

New York, NY - A multi-faith delegation of key religious and spiritual leaders from around the world will gather in Copenhagen, Denmark from December 7-13, 2009 during the UN COP-15 Summit. The delegation’s goal is to deepen the conversation on climate change by recognizing that this environmental...

December 3, 2009
By Gustavo Solis
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The Vatican’s delegation to the U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, was being headed by an experienced diplomat and included experts on the environment.

Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations, was to lead the five-person Vatican delegation...

December 2, 2009
By John Cotter
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - A Canadian church-based group that does human rights and environmental sustainability work says the federal government has cancelled its funding for overseas projects without warning or reason.

Kairos, an ecumenical social justice group representing 11 different churches and organizations, said the decision...

December 1, 2009
Sampurn Media

Hindus and Jews have strongly criticized non-inclusion of world religious leaders in much-publicized and prestigious “COP 15—United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen” starting December seven.

December 1, 2009
By James Treat
Muscogee Nation News

Hundreds of American Indian and Alaska Native leaders gathered last month for the Native Peoples Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop.

Meeting ahead of the United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen, they hoped to exchange insights, discuss strategies, and add their voices to the increasingly heated debate over...

December 1, 2009
By David G. Hallman
The United Church Observer

Twelve years ago, it appeared the tide had turned on climate change. It hasn’t. Can Copenhagen accomplish what Kyoto couldn’t?

The Kyoto Protocol could have and should have reduced the threat of human-induced climate change. It didn’t, and now its initial phase is about to expire. This month in Copenhagen...

November 30, 2009
By Kristen Gelineau
Associated Press

SYDNEY (AP) — The world’s leaders must prioritize the issue of global warming above all else, the Dalai Lama said Monday, adding that he feels encouraged by next month’s climate change summit in Copenhagen.

The revered Buddhist figure and Nobel Peace Prize winner, in Australia for a series of lectures on universal...