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Copenhagen, Climate Change and Why it Matters to Women

In preparation for the climate change summit in Copenhagen, United Methodist Women staff and members have worked to showcase its importance for global climate justice; those most vulnerable, such as women and children; and developing nations around the world.

Sung-ok Lee's article, published on Beliefnet.com's blog, Progressive Revival, called "Copenhagen, Climate Change and Why it Matters to Women," says "climate change is a primary moral challenge of our time" and that "the upcoming United Nations Summit on Climate Change gives us a unique opportunity to call attention" to the "very real crisis" of people currently witnessing the devastating effects of climate change.

Ms. Lee is the assistant general secretary of the section of Christian Social Action, Women's Division of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries.

Dorothy Scott Fielder, a Green Team member of United Methodist Women, published an article in the Nov. 23, 2009 print issue of Albany, New York's Times-Union. Entitled "A Season for Green Thinking," Ms. Fielder reflects on the upcoming holiday season: "I will celebrate Thanksgiving in many typical ways with my family... But this time... I am going to talk about gratitude in a new way."

"I realize I have taken New York's climate and my way of life for granted," she says. "And I'm going to talk about how working for just policies -- in the climate legislation before Congress and in what the Obama administration negotiators hope to achieve at next month's international climate conference in Copenhagen -- is another way of practicing gratitude."

Read more on United Methodist Women's call to climate action at Copenhagen here.


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