OKLAHOMA CITY — What advocates call “the most significant effort ever undertaken to slow or halt climate change” begins in France on Monday, November 30.
The “United Nations Conference on Climate Change,” also known as “the 21st Conference of the Parties,” (COP 21) is the twenty-first annual meeting.
This conference will be held in Le Bourget, France, from November 30 to through December 11. As of November 24, 147 Heads of State and Government had agreed to attend. The gathering is described by organizers as “one of the largest diplomatic conferences ever organized, aside from the United Nations General Assembly sessions in New York.
Jonathan Bridgwater, director for the Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club, contends, “It is no longer acceptable to question climate change.” He praised Pope Francis, representatives of Islam and Buddhism, local groups such as the Oklahoma Conference of Churches for making “clear statements that it is humanity’s responsibility to deal with this on-going problem.”
Recently, St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City hosted “An Evening of Listening: Climate Change” with guest speakers including former Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth.
Coming up on December 1 at AMC Quail Springs Movie Theatre the movie “This Changes Everything” will be screened. Additionally, OCC held a multi-faith press conference, issuing a call for people for “all people of faith” to slow or halt climate change.
A website dedicated to this event has been set up in multiple languages. The English language version is found here: http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en/
The Sierra Club said, in a press release sent to The City Sentinel and other news organiations, that local organizations are sponsoring participation, and attendees from Oklahoma will make the trip to France.
Locally, on Thursday, Dec. 11, Sierra Club Oklahoma will host a “legislative session lobby training” from 1:30-4 p.m. at the state Capitol.
Then, on Saturday, Dec. 13, members of the Cimarron Group will hold a Winter Solstice Party at 7p.m., at Apple Hill Farm (10800 East Hefner Road) in Jones, Oklahoma. Attendees are asked to bring side dish and ‘BYOB.’
For more information, telephone (405) 902-2288.