The way towards COP20
Since late 2013, the faith communities of Peru (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Baha’i) have been meeting through the Inter-Religious Council – Religions for Peace, to maximize the advocating impact of religious communities and faith-based organizations at COP20, and to include the engagement of people of faith of Peru in action for climate change.
National Forum: Climate change, human development and responsibility of faith communities, on the World Interfaith Harmony Week
Representatives of religious communities of Peru gathered in Lima, on February 5, 2014, to discuss the link between climate change and human development, and their responsibility to address them, as well as their participation in the upcoming COP 20. A statement was issued at the conclusion of the event.
Monthly Fast, Prayer and Advocacy Days for COP20
During the COP19, twenty-eight religious organizations launched the Interfaith Call to Fast for Climate Justice, which “invites those who are capable to fast for a meaningful outcome here in Warsaw as we head to COP20 in Lima, Peru, in 2014, and the urgent cut-off date for a binding emissions agreement for all countries at COP21 in Paris, France”.
Joining to this initiative, the Inter-Religious Council of Peru – Religions for Peace has organized the Monthly Fast, Prayer and Advocacy Days for COP20 that are being carried out during this year, from March to November. These activities include advocacy meetings in some embassies in Peru from countries with the highest emissions of greenhouse gases, and events of interfaith prayer and breakfast in temples of various religious communities which welcome on a rotating basis each month, to the fasting participants in completion of the day, after sundown.