Will the Copenhagen deal be sufficient?

By staff writers
19 Dec 2009

"The present day reality shows that our sincere efforts have not been enough to bring in the age of social justice and peace," says a statement delivered to the plenary of the high-level segment of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark on Friday 18 December on behalf of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and its ecumenical Christian partners.

"As people of faith we beg and urge you to journey together on the basis of unilateral ambitious, convincing and trust building moves in order to speed up the global process toward a visible and verifiable improvement of life on earth in every continent, in every country, in every place," said Christian Friis Bach, international director of DanChurchAid, presenting the WCC statement to the plenary.

"The result we expect must be imbedded in justice, equity, solidarity, ethics and love: love for you yourselves, for your families, for your neighbour, for your offspring and for our life-sustaining planet," the statement continues. "It will be a sign of hope for the future, and it will bring peace on earth to people of good will, today and for the years to come."

Meanwhile, key players have reached what they call a "meaningful agreement" at the Copenhagen climate summit. A US government official said the deal was a "historic step forward" but was not enough to prevent dangerous climate change in the future.

Analysts welcomed the fact that a deal had been done, but said its achievements were actually very modest.

John Sauven, the UK executive director of Greenpeace, expressed disappointment. "It seems there are too few politicians in this world capable of looking beyond the horizon of their own narrow self-interest, let alone caring much for the millions of people who are facing down the threat of climate change."

"It is now evident that beating global warming will require a radically different model of politics than the one on display here in Copenhagen," he said.

Full text of the WCC statement to the plenary:
http://www.oikoumene.org/?id=7478

WCC campaign on climate change:
http://www.oikoumene.org/climatechange

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