Faithful urge Government to ‘listen to the experts’

The interfaith mourning ritual outside Parliament House on Tuesday (Carrie Dennes)

Buddhists, Anglicans, Catholics, Quakers and people of other faiths joined thousands of concerned Australians in Canberra this week to call for meaningful action on climate change. Source: MNnews.Today.

By Thea Ormorod, MNnews.Today

The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) co-hosted the gathering, known as the People’s Climate Assembly. Christian ARRCC supporters made a meditation tent available and a number of faith leaders participated in the peaceful, silent encirclement of Parliament House.

Well-known Gosford Anglican priest Fr Rod Bower helped lead an "interfaith mourning ritual" on Tuesday for bushfire victims. The ritual was organised by the Canberra Interfaith Forum and the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.

“A religious response to climate change is essential for a healthy spirituality. It’s an expression of our connection with God, with each other and with the earth," Fr Bower said. "Our responsibility to care for the earth is something that is common to all the faiths.”

Gillian Reffell, a Buddhist and secretary of ARRCC, was part of a panel of faith speakers on Monday which included Fr Bower and Catholic Brigidine Sr Jane Keogh.

“With the wake-up call that has been the bushfire crisis, we ask that the government be guided by those experts who are offering pathways to a prosperous and sustainable future which does not depend on fossil fuels,” Ms Reffell said,

Sr Jane Keogh spoke about the need to reach out to the “unconvinced”.

“People are good at heart, but they don’t understand the facts,” she said. “Right now, as long as they think that you do respect them, they might be more interested in talking about the issues. Talk about how the climate issue has affected you personally and what you’re doing about it. Then listen, be respectful.”


Faithful speak out at People’s Climate Assembly after bushfires (MNnews.Today)

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