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Religious Leaders' Open Letter on climate change
Thursday, 20 June 2013 19:16

A short message from Australia's Religious Leaders:

ARRCC's Religious Leaders champions released an Open Letter on Climate Change to the Australian Public, drawing attention to one of the most urgent moral issues facing us in the upcoming election: climate change.

Originally composed in the leadup to the 2013 Federal elections, the messages from the Australian leadership of the Hindu, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist and Christian religions are just as relevant today. The letter now stands as evidence of the united stance of people of faith on climate change.

Watch the full video:

Created by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) and Greenpeace

Full text of the letter:

As people of faith, we draw attention to one of the most urgent moral issues facing us in the upcoming election.

The International Energy Agency and other 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. We are despoiling the world given to us as a sacred trust for future generations.

The world is already moving to take strong preventative action. Ninety countries, representing 90 per cent of global emissions, have carbon reduction programs in place and Australia now has price on carbon. However our country continues to be a significant contributor to the problem. With our small population, we are among the world’s 20 largest emitters and one of the two largest coal exporters.

We must wind back our exports of cheap coal which are currently hindering the global drive for renewable energy. We must diminish our reliance on fossil fuels and replace them with clean, renewable sources of energy. As part of this, carbon pricing must be given bipartisan support. Only then will Australia be part of the solution.

In the upcoming election we urge all Australians to give this moral issue the attention it demands. Our world is a blessing, a gift, and a responsibility. We must act now if we are to protect this sacred trust.


   Religious leader

Signatories:

  • Rev. Professor Andrew Dutney, President, Uniting Church of Australia National Assembly
  • Archbishop Philip Wilson, Archbishop of Adelaide & Chair of Catholic Earthcare Australia
  • Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad, Grand Mufti of Australia
  • Professor Nihal Agar, Chairman, Hindu Council of Australia
  • Ajahn Brahm, Chair, Australian Sangha Association, Abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery
  • Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc, President, Catholic Religious Australia
  • Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence, Senior Rabbi, The Great Synagogue, Sydney
  • Rev. Dr Brian Brown, Moderator, Uniting Church of Australia Synod NSW/ACT
  • Bishop George Browning, Convenor, Anglican Communion Environmental Network
  • Professor Neil Ormerod, Professor of Theology, Australian Catholic University
  • Mr Hafez Kassem, President, Australian Federation of Islamic Councils
  • Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins, Senior Rabbi, Emanuel Synagogue 
  • Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky, Chairperson, Rabbinic Council of Progressive Rabbis
  • Graeme Lyall AM, President, Amitabha Buddhist Association of New South Wales
  • Rev. Professor James Haire AC AM, Director, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
  • Rev. Rod Benson, Ethicist & Public Theologian, Australian Baptist Ministries

     
~ This open letter was organised by Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) ~

   
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