Laudate Deum and COP28: a student’s view

Steven Adinata Prambada is a first-year student at the University of Manchester, where he studies Politics and International Relations. From Indonesia, he attended a Jesuit, all-boys Catholic school growing up. 

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Laudate Deum, puts a strong emphasis on the current global catastrophe of climate change.

This correspondence is a continuation of Pope Francis’ papal letter Laudato Si.

Laudate Deum includes scientific evidence on the dangers and grave consequences of climate change, as well as an appeal to contribute to its prevention, regardless of the size of one’s efforts.

As a student, I sometimes feel that my contribution to the climate catastrophe is insignificant.

Pope Francis, on the other hand, proclaims in Laudate Deum that expecting technology to solve the climate catastrophe, despite technical breakthroughs, would be suicidal and that it is our honor and responsibility as members of nature to protect it for future generations.

As a result of having to read Laudate Deum, I’ve concluded that the least I can do as a student to make a greener effort is to practice the basic knowledge that most of us are taught in primary school.

Among these include not wasting water, electricity, or food. Using a personal bag when shopping, taking public transit, and notably disposing of trash in the proper location.

COP28 is taking place in the UAE this winter

COP28 is going to be held in Dubai at the end of November 2023. The main uniform goal for this year would be to fast track the energy changes from fossil fuels to renewable energy in hopes of reducing global emissions by 2030 and also limiting the global temperature, which is 1.5 degrees Celsius.

With the upcoming start of COP28, there are many expectations for the probable outcomes of this summit, as perceived from an individual perspective.

To begin, it is critical that the heads of state from the participating nations at the conference demonstrate a genuine commitment to addressing the issue of climate change and allocate significant resources to the development and implementation of effective climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies that will benefit many people.

Furthermore, regardless of size, nations must build a valid legislative framework to handle the issue of free-ridership in the context of climate change.

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