Kirk presses for UK action on climate change at UN summit

By agency reporter
December 9, 2014

The Church of Scotland has urged the UK Government to ensure outcomes are achieved at the UN climate change conference in Lima that helps reduce global carbon emissions.

In Peru representatives from 190 countries, including around 40 from the UK, are attempting to draft a worldwide deal to tackle global warming. The conference finishes on Friday.

The Rev Sally Foster Fulton, Convener of the Kirk’s Church and Society Council, said: “The Lima Conference offers an opportunity to press for global action. We urge the UK Government to do this.

“We ask the UK Government to share the passion and commitment of churches around the world and to take a leading role in helping to bring about a real and lasting reduction in global greenhouse emissions.”

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland this year noted with grave concern the Fifth Assessment report on science of climate change published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and called upon the UK Government to take swift action to reduce carbon emissions.

The Church of Scotland is responding to climate change in partnership with Eco-Congregation Scotland, a movement of over 300 congregations across Scotland and beyond committed to taking action on this pressing issue.

The Kirk is also part of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition and the growing global movement of churches concerned to see action on climate change, represented by the World Council of Churches who are at the conference in Lima.

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