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Media Release: Religious Leaders Call for Stronger Climate Action

The leaders of a diverse range of religious faiths have joined together to call on Australia’s leaders for strong action on climate change.

The leaders of a diverse range of religious faiths have joined together to call on Australia’s leaders for strong action on climate change.


Leaders of Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist faiths from around Australia have written a letter to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott expressing disappointment over the outcome of the recent Copenhagen climate negotiations and asking for bold and visionary leadership on the issue of climate change.

The faith community leaders have written the letter as members of ARRCC, the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change*.

“With few exceptions any vision for a more sustainable and just world appears to have been sacrificed for more short-term national interests,” said the religious leaders in the letter.

“Any economic system has its long-term health deeply embedded in a sustainable environment…Responding to the environmental challenge should therefore be couched in the language of investment rather than cost.”    

“In the lead up to Copenhagen, the language of cynicism has been used to sway public opinion against responsible action and towards short-term economic gain.”

“We request that you set an example of honest and responsible language in the leadership of your respective parties and to the Australian people.” 

The letter urges bi-partisan support for Australia to submit to the United Nations emissions reduction targets of 40% of 1990 levels by 2020. It also calls for substantial funding for adaptation and mitigation in developing countries and support for a legally binding climate agreement.

 “Action by world leaders over the next three to five years will have immeasurable consequences on our future. We now request visionary and bold leadership from Mr. Rudd and Mr. Abbott on climate change,” said Bishop George Browning, Convenor of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network and a signatory of the letter.