As negotiators in Bonn continue to grapple with the draft text for December’s climate talks, faith leaders are, today, offering governments a timely reminder of just what is expected of them by their citizens. In a statement handed over to UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, 154 leaders representing people of faith from across the globe are calling for an ambitious and transformative climate deal to be signed in Paris that will protect the world’s poorest and put the world on a pathway away from polluting fossil fuels and towards a 100 per cent renewable energy future. In doing so they join faith leaders, along with leaders from all walks of life demanding strong climate action and leading the way towards a future free from dangerous climate change.
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- Faith leaders offer a moral dimension to the calls for climate action. Climate change is already making storms stronger, droughts longer, and heatwaves hotter. Changing weather patterns often inflict the worst damage on the poor and disadvantaged, many of whom cannot afford to bounce back. Standing in solidarity with the world’s poorest and supporting the overwhelming scientific consensus, faith leaders are able make a strong case that climate action is both morally and economically right.
- Today’s declaration adds yet more leaders to the diverse ranks of faith groups leading the way. Following in the footsteps of the Pope’s Encyclical and the Islamic Climate Change Declaration, today’s statement brings together leaders from across religions to “express deep concern for the consequences of climate change on the earth and its people”. It calls on people of faith to play their part in the fight against climate change and to join the growing ranks of religious groups already taking steps to drive more ambitious action.
- Faith groups are adding further weight to the global call for a world free from fossil fuels. Their message is clear: to ensure a transformative Paris agreement, governments must agree to phase out fossil fuels and phase in 100 per cent renewables by 2050; they must commit to ramping up climate ambition over time; and they must provide adequate support for those most threatened by climate change. And with faith groups continuing to take part in fasts, pilgrimages and other actions to drive climate ambition their voices will only grow louder on the road through Paris.
- Climate: Faith leaders call for ‘zero carbon future’ (AFP)
- Faith leaders call for ‘zero carbon future’ (Yahoo)
- Video: The People’s Pilgrimage
- Statement handover in Germany (Sean Hawkey /World Council of Churches)
Tools and Resources
- Declaration: Statement of Faith and Spiritual Leaders on the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21 in Paris in December 2015
- Press Release: 154 religious leaders from all world regions call for a zero carbon, climate resilient and equitable future
- Declaration: Islamic declaration on global climate change (International Islamic Climate Change Symposium)
- Encyclical: “Laudato Si (Be Praised), On the Care of Our Common Home” (Pope Francis)
- Website: Global Catholic Climate Movement
- Website: Fast for the Climate
- Website: Pilgrimage2Paris
- Website: The People’s Pilgrimage
- “We urge governments to commit to building climate resilience, phasing out fossil energies and reaching zero emissions by mid century. We call for a robust mechanism to review and ratchet up ambitions, transparency and accountability rules applicable to all, and the provision of finance and support to poor and vulnerable countries.” – Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, Director of Bread for the World, Germany
- “Guided by our religious beliefs, we as faith leaders have come together to call for an ambitious Paris outcome. In the past month the UN family has decided to take responsibility for both, environment and humankind by approving the Agenda 2030. In Paris the heads of states and governments have the chance to give evidence, how serious they are. The survival of millions of human beings depends on them.” – Karin Kortmann, Vice President of the Central Committee of German Catholics
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