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COP and the Cloth: Quantitatively and Normatively Assessing Religious NGO Participation at the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

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School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Center for Energy & Society, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
Academic Editor: Miguel Amado
Received: 17 February 2021 / Revised: 25 March 2021 / Accepted: 2 April 2021 / Published: 10 May 2021
How much is religion quantitatively involved in global climate politics? After assessing the role of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from a normative perspective, this descriptive, transdisciplinary and unconventional study offers the first comprehensive quantitative examination of religious nongovernmental organizations that formally participate in its annual meetings, the largest attempts to solve the climate crisis through global governance. This study finds that although their numbers are growing, only about 3 percent of registered nongovernmental organizations accredited to participate in the conference are overtly religious in nature—and that more than 80 percent of those faith-based groups are Christian. Additionally, this study finds that religious nongovernmental organizations that participate in the conference are mostly from the Global North. The results call for greater participation of religious institutions in the international climate negotiations in order for society to address the planetary emergency of climate change. View Full-Text
Keywords: civil society; climate politics; environmental governance; faith-based environmentalism; faith-based nonprofits; global governance; international relations; religion and ecology; religion and society; sustainability civil society; climate politics; environmental governance; faith-based environmentalism; faith-based nonprofits; global governance; international relations; religion and ecology; religion and society; sustainability
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Krantz, D. COP and the Cloth: Quantitatively and Normatively Assessing Religious NGO Participation at the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Sci 2021, 3, 24. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sci3020024

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Krantz D. COP and the Cloth: Quantitatively and Normatively Assessing Religious NGO Participation at the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Sci. 2021; 3(2):24. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sci3020024

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Krantz, David. 2021. "COP and the Cloth: Quantitatively and Normatively Assessing Religious NGO Participation at the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change" Sci 3, no. 2: 24. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sci3020024

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