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Letter to Religious

An Invitation to lobby Governments on Climate Change

We a group of 230 women and men religious and laypeople from over 57 countries and representing 82 religious and missionary institutes who are attending the seminar “Creation at the Heart of Mission,” organised by SEDOS and the JPIC Commission of the USG/UISG, are concerned about the increasing destruction of the life-systems of our planet. A recurring theme throughout the week was the call by Pope John Paul II in 2001 to all people, but especially Christians, to ecological conversion. In the run-up to the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen from December 7 – 18, 2009, the conference participants encourage you to lobby your national governments on the issue of climate change. Many countries, especially in the Majority World (Global South) are already suffering serious consequences, such as floods and droughts as a result of human-induced climate change.

We recommend you Lobby your government to commit to:

  1. Reducing greenhouse gas emission by between 25% and 40% by the year 2020 and 80% to 90% by 2050 and to enshrine that commitment in legislation.
  2. Making greater financial commitment to the Adaptation Fund as a matter of justice, despite the current economic downturn. (The Adaptation Fund has been set up by the UN to help poor countries adapt to the consequences of climate change).
  3. Promoting economic justice globally as a way to mitigate the effects of climate change on the poor.

Further information can be found on climate change on several websites, especially at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - http://www.ipcc.ch/ - and reputable NGOs in your own country)1. You might consider supporting initiatives, regarding climate change, promoted by church groups and NGOs.

We are all encouraged to become more involved in other pressing ecological issues such as the rampant destruction of biodiversity (God’s creation) and the decreasing availability of potable water.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Conference Participants
May 16, 2009

  1. Climate Action Network
    CAN Europe: http://www.climnet.org/;
    CAN Canada- http://www.climateactionnetwork.ca/e/
    CAN USA - http://www.climatenetwork.org/
    CAN Australia - http://cana.net.au/
    CAN South Africa - http://www.sacan.org.za/
    CAN West Africa - http://www.enda.sn/
    CAN South Asia http://www.can-sa.net/
    CAN Central and Eastern Europe - http://www.climnetcee.org/

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