What is climate change?

Okay, if all the world cared about were GCSE grades, this is a useful thing to know for your Religious Studies GCSE. Probably as an ‘a’ style question. But the world is not just about GCSE grades, A’ Levels or university degrees; it is also about dealing with huge environmental issues such as climate change which will affect our lives forever.

On Monday 30th November the COP21 – United Nations Conference on Climate Change – will begin in Paris, and 150 Heads of State from all over the world will meet to discuss, debate and hopefully agree on ways to reduce the speed that climate change is affecting our world.

The BBC has created a really easy to understand webpage which shows what climate change is using six simple graphics. Or you might try to get closer to the action by following the conference on its own webpage. In Paris on Sunday a planned protest by eco-protestors had to be called off due to security concerns. So instead the protestors laid out thousands of shoes to represent the people who’d wanted to walk and show their support. One pair of shoes had been donated by Pope Francis of the Catholic Church. In September whilst on a tour of the USA he’d made a passioned speech on the White House lawn.


“Climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation,” said the Pope.

“Mr President, I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution,” the pope said with a slow, deliberate delivery that left little room for misinterpretation.

“We know by faith that the Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us.” He continued: “Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home. As Christians inspired by this certainty, we wish to commit ourselves to the conscious and responsible care of our common home.”


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