I’m flying to Sao Paulo, Brazil, later today for a week-long regional consultation on climate change organised by the Anglican Alliance for Relief, Development and Advocacy.
Having helped to set up the Alliance I’m looking forward to seeing the Alliance in action. I remain confident that under the diligent and energetic directorship of Sally Keeble the Alliance really can add value to the relief, development and advocacy work undertaken round the Communion.
I’m hoping that this meeting will help to revitalise our own advocacy work on climate change. This work, I regret to report, has suffered somewhat after the disappointments of the UN Climate Change talks in Copenhagen in December 2009.
I remain realistic as to the likelihood of the international community agreeing a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, but I am optimistic that progress can still be made in certain areas such as adaptation and climate financing.
If time permits I’ll try and squeeze in a trip to a football match on the Saturday afternoon just prior to the start of the conference. What better way to understand Brazil’s DNA.
I’ve been reassured that the Conference Centre does have WiFi so hopefully I’ll be able to provide regular updates on how the Consultation is going. If you are interested in reading the consultation papers then these can be found under the relevant section of the Church of England website.
If you have particular ideas or thoughts that are relevant to this Consultation then do let me know.