In a statement to the high-level segment plenary of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, a delegation of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has criticised the lack of action during the last decade.
"Humankind is at present dancing on the edge of the abyss. We cannot afford another failure from the governments as in Copenhagen," said the statement that was read out by Bishop Gustavo Rodriguez Vega, president of Caritas Mexico.
The statement also affirmed the determination of faith based organisations to "efforts to offer security, prosperity and dignity to the life of men, women and children around the world, caring also for all the wonders of God’s good Creation, sustaining the treasure of life. A life which needs to be lived with dignity, justice, equity and peace, where the rights of peoples to safe drinking water, sanitation, clean air and a climate apt to support life may become a reality."
The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity through faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world.
An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.
The full statement reads as follows: