Religious alliance launches to tackle climate change Media Release

Nov 03, 2008 - 9:49am

A diverse range of religious groups today officially launches a unique alliance to tackle climate change.

The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) draws together people from religious traditions including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and the Baha’i Faith.

"ARRCC approaches climate change as a moral issue - people of faith are challenged to safeguard creation, for the sake of our children and their children, and for the sake of the poor who are paying the highest price for climate change, but contributed least to the problem," said ARRCC President Thea Ormerod. Ms Ormerod is also a parishioner at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Kingsgrove.

The al-Ghazzali Centre for Islamic Sciences and Human Development in Lakemba, Sydney, which will host the launch, has already made important moves to support action on climate change. 

The centre has switched to Green Power, and at the launch will announce its intention to install compact fluorescent lighting in the homes of 200 or more community members as well as a solar hot water system at the centre.  Until the solar system is installed, the centre commits to using only cold water, including for ritual ablution.

“The al-Ghazzali Centre’s commitment shows that all faith communities can take practical action on climate change,” said Imam Afroz Ali, Founder and President, al-Ghazzali Centre.

“In demonstrating that we are willing to respond to the challenge of climate change, we call upon others, including our governments, to do likewise and to take the steps that are necessary to protect the world’s poor and future generations.”

The Most Reverend Kevin Manning, Catholic Bishop of Parramatta, will address the launch, along with Imam Afroz Ali who is also a founding member of ARRCC.

ARRCC will participate in a number of activities in support of action to address climate change including the Walk Against Warming on 15 November.  ARRCC has also joined together with one of its supporters, Jackgreen, to offer a Renewable Energy Fundraiser for Places of Worship and Faith Communities.  Participating faith communities will receive a financial reward when their members switch to Green Power with Jackgreen.

ARRCC is also supported by the Climate Institute and Australian Ethical Investment.

More info can be found on the ARRCC website

Notes to editors:

The launch will take place on Monday 3 November at 6pm, at the al-Ghazzali Centre for Islamic Sciences and Human Development, 1021A Canterbury Rd, Lakemba 2195.

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