Nov 03, 2008 - 9:49am
A diverse range of religious groups today officially launches a unique alliance to tackle climate change.
Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) draws together
people from religious traditions including Christianity, Judaism, Islam,
Hinduism, Buddhism and the Baha’i Faith.
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
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
“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.
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
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:
launch will take place on Monday 3 November at 6pm, at the al-Ghazzali
Centre for Islamic Sciences and Human Development, 1021A Canterbury Rd,