Religious leaders urge bipartisan support for climate action

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

Media Release

Prominent religious leaders from five diverse traditions are calling for urgent action on climate change to help avert a devastating 4° C rise in global temperatures.

In an open letter to both sides of the political divide ahead of the upcoming Federal election, they are unequivocal about human-induced climate change. They call for bipartisan support for carbon pricing, the fast-tracking of renewable energy and the winding back of coal exports.

The twelve leaders include the Grand Mufti, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad, the Chair of Catholic Earthcare Australia, Archbishop Philip Wilson, the President of the Uniting Church Assembly, Rev. Professor Andrew Dutney and the Chair of the Hindu Council of Australia, Professor Nihal Agar.

Spokesperson for Archbishop Wilson, Catholic Earthcare Director, Jacqui Remond, said, “We urge all Australians to give this moral issue the attention it demands. If we don’t, our children and grandchildren will face devastating consequences because of our failure to act now.”

With reference to numerous recent reports, the leaders write, “influential bodies are now warning us about an unthinkable 4 degree Celsius rise in temperatures if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase. Recent experiences of extreme weather events, both here and overseas, are a mild foretaste of what this will mean.”

In the 2011 Census, over 67 per cent of Australians identified themselves with the religions from which the signatories are drawn. Political Parties competing for public support cannot afford to brush the leaders’ stand aside.

For the full text of the open letter and signatories see http://www.arrcc.org.au/leaders-open-letter

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For photo opportunity and interviews with spokespersons, journalists are welcome to:
What: ceremonial prayer vigil and press conference/launch of the letter
Date: Thursday, July 4th prayer vigil 10am, and press conference 10.15am
Where: Pitt St Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney

Available for comment:
Professor Neil Ormerod (Catholic) – 0401 042 706 or neil.ormerod@acu.edu.au
Professor Nihal Agar (Hindu) – 0412 618 893 or nihalagar@hotmail.com
Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc (Catholic) – 0418 457 149 or annette.cunliffe@rscoffice.com
Mr Keysar Trad (Muslim) – 0410 336 922 or kt@speednet.com.au
Rev. Dr Brian Brown (Uniting Church) – 0408 421 744 or mod@nsw.uca.org.au
Ms Jacqui Remond (Catholic) – 0413 715 375 or earthcare@catholic.org.au

Media contact person: Ms Thea Ormerod, President of Australian Religious Response to Climate Change – 0405 293 466 or chair@arrcc.org.au