Oct 02, 2007 - 9:58am
13 Australian faith leaders including Anglican Bishop George Browning,
Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence from the executive council of Australian Jewry and
Br Ikebal Patel (President of Australian Federation of Islamic
Councils) have called for targets to reduce greenhouse pollution by
between 60-90% by 2050 and a clean energy target of 25% by 2020.
Interfaith Common Call to Action has been facilitated by the Climate
Institute and builds on Common Belief which was released late last year
and included statements by a wide range of Australian faith leaders
about climate change and a shared belief that there is a moral
obligation to care for the earth.
"The scientific and economic
arguments for action to stop the worst impacts of climate change are
very clear, but the most compelling argument is that which is put by
these faith leaders – we have a moral and ethical responsibility to care
for the earth and leave our children and their children a healthy
planet.” Said Climate Institute Chief Executive John Connor.
Australian Interfaith call for action reflects an international
movement by faiths calling for urgent action on climate change and doing
what they can within faith communities to reduce carbon emissions. For
example the Vatican under Pope Benedict XVI has committed to becoming
carbon neutral and plans to cover it’s rooves with solar panels.” Said
“All the indications are that the poor of the world
will suffer the most, people in Africa, people in Bangladesh, people in
the Pacific. It's a moral issue because we have a choice. I do not think
that at the next election, any Australian can morally vote for a
government that does not have a viable climate policy” Said Bishop
“Particularly those of us who live in a fairly
wealthy and technologically advanced environment have choices which
poorer people don't have, and we should exercise those choices for the
good of all.”
The Interfaith Common Call to Action calls on Australian political parties to adopt policies without delay that will:
Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions peak and begin to decline in the
next five years, set a long term reduction target of at least 60-90%
below 1990 levels by 2050 and a pathway of strong interim targets to
meet that long term target.
- Ensure all new electricity generation comes from clean energy and legislate a clean or renewable energy target of 25% by 2020.
world’s best energy performance standards and establish a priority
package of efficiency measures to cut energy waste and deliver all cost
effective energy savings, particularly for low income households.
broaden and deepen current greenhouse international agreements, help
neighbouring countries make the switch to clean energy and prepare for
climate change, and lead the world in a response that avoids dangerous
climate change of global warming more than 2 degrees above
There will be a ceremonial signing of a
poster sized version of the declaration by faith leaders including
Anglican Bishop George Browning, Father Frank Brennan and Br Ikebal
Patel (President of Australian Federation of Islamic Councils) at the
State Library at 10.15am this morning. Faith leaders will be available