Catholics at COP26


Wednesday 10th November, 6-8pm GMT, online.

The COP26 climate negotiations are a crucial moment for humanity and our common home. In this Radio 4 Thought for the Day message, Pope Francis urged global leaders not to waste the opportunity, but to take radical action. Everyone must be “committed to this urgent change of direction, sustained by our own faith and spirituality.”  

This panel event will explore :

  • What is happening to the climate and why COP26 is so important 
  • What has happened so far during COP26, and the outcomes the Church has been campaigning for 
  • How care for creation is rooted in Christian faith, and how we can continue to act for climate justice following COP26. 

This event has been organised by ECLAS in collaboration with the Laudato Si’ Movement. The Laudato Si’ Movement is a global movement of Catholics and people of good will, responding to Pope Francis’ call to act against the injustice of the climate emergency and the ecological crisis, and to care for our common home.  


  • Dr Lorna Gold is a climate campaigner and author. She is vice-chair of the Laudato Si’ Movement, and a member of the Vatican Commission on the post-Covid World.  
  • Dr Carmody Grey is Assistant Professor of Catholic Theology at Durham University. She specialises in theology and science, with particular interests in life sciences, ecology and evolutionary biology.  
  • Dr Franziska Kohlt is a researcher in science communication and the history of science at the University of York and an ECLAS postdoctoral research associate.
  • Lydia Lehlogonolo Machaka is Climate Justice and Energy Officer at CIDSE
  • Chair: Bishop John Arnold is bishop of Salford and leads on environmental issues for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. He recently launched the ‘Guardians of Creation’ research project which is being piloted in the Diocese of Salford. The project has produced carbon accounting and decarbonisation strategy tools to help Catholic dioceses across the UK to move towards a net-zero future.

 This event will be free to attend and streamed online on the Laudato Si’ Youtube page. It will also be available for later viewing.

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