Aug 07, 2008 - 7:00pm
In an historic move, a group of Australia’s religious leaders have
banded together and signed an open letter to the Federal Government,
calling for immediate and decisive action on climate change.
by 39 leaders from various faith groups and organisations, the letter
draws specific attention to the communities across the globe facing
devastation through climate change, including the small island nations
and low lying areas of the Pacific.
The collaboration coincides
with a visit to Australia by Pacific Church leaders, who are deeply
concerned about the effects of climate change on the region.
countries such as Tuvalu, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands,
climate change is an urgent issue, with rising sea levels already
endangering many of their islands.
“As people of faith, we affirm
the fundamental value of the whole of creation, and assert that the
responsibility to safeguard human flourishing and ecological integrity
extends beyond economic considerations of costs and benefits,” the
The open letter has been facilitated by the
independent research organisation, The Climate Institute, and the
signatories represent Christian; Baha’i; Jewish; Muslim; Hindu; and
All of them are committed to working for
ecologically sustainable living and advocating for communities, both in
the Pacific and worldwide, affected by climate change.
All of them are committed to working for ecologically sustainable
living and advocating for communities, both in the Pacific and
worldwide, affected by climate change.