Faith communities demand climate action

Fr Robert Riedling outside St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta (Parramatta Diocese)

More than 110 faith communities across Australia unfurled banners at the weekend calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to “Protect Creation” and take “Bold climate action by 2030, starting now”. Source: SBS News.

The “Faiths 4 Climate Justice” events, organised by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, sent a message to Mr Morrison that diverse faith communities want him to take a strong climate policy platform to the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, which will run from October 31 to November 12.

Fr Robert Riedling, dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta, said while much is being made about net zero emissions by 2050, organisers are calling for targets by 2030.

“The Catholic Church has an evolved tradition of social justice. We know that those most affected by climate change tend to be the marginalised and disenfranchised, so we as a Church, along with other churches and other faith traditions, are hoping that we can highlight what needs to be done and demand that the Government takes action on this issue,” Fr Riedling said.

The Sisters of St Joseph also called for Australia to make a commitment to “put the protection of the planet at the forefront of its decisions”.

“How can we not take action”“ asked congregational leader Sr Monica Cavanagh in a media statement. “The IPCC findings warn of a catastrophic future if we don’t act. Our Pacific neighbours watch as their lands are disappearing. We know that it is those who are most defenceless who are most immediately affected by the devastation we are causing. Both our religious faith and the call to us as humans, propel us to do all we can to preserve the gift of creation.”

The Morrison Government is yet to commit to net zero by 2050. Australia’s current commitment is to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 as part of the Paris Agreement.


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