Church leaders warn governments about climate change impact

European church leaders including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, have warned governments that “Substantially reducing global emissions of greenhouse gasses will not avoid the serious impacts of climate change already experienced by many of the world’s most vulnerable communities”

In a joint letter sent by Dr Williams, the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden and the Bishop of the EKD (Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland), the leaders called for “… governments and the European Commission to strengthen their commitment to addressing the challenge of climate change”, as they gather at the Intergovernmental Conference on Climate Change in Bali, 3-14 December.

The letter was sent to the President of the European Commission and the President of the Council of the European Union.

The impact of climate change, they say is felt disproportionately and unfairly most heavily by those who have done the least to cause it, and this made it not just a question of environmental good practice, but also of international justice:

“Climate change is not just about addressing environmental degradation; it is also about fighting poverty and providing for human security …

“The creation of new migration patterns from waterlogged, water scarce or food scarce regions will exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and lead to heightened regional and international security.

“Securing a just and equitable post-2012 Treaty depends on governments progressing beyond notions of justice that reflect their own national interests to one that provides for the global common good.”

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