When church bells start ringing in Copenhagen, and all around the world, on 13 December, they will not be heralding an early arrival of Christmas. Rather they will peal out a call to action and prayer to respond to impending climate change.
It is vital that the needs of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged are at the centre of the debate about climate change, the Archbishop of Westminster said at the ecumenical service before The Wave in London today
More than 20 senior church leaders have gathered for a church service with more than 3,000 other Christians to support the London Wave, urging an ambitious, fair and effective deal at the Copenhagen Summit on climate change.
Right-wing campaigners and journalists reviving denial of human-made climate change are facing strong criticism from scientists, academics and NGOs. They are accused of trying to derail the Copenhagen climate summit.
“We believe the United Nations Climate Change Conference is a place where faith and science must intersect” says an open letter posted on The United Church of Canada’s website ahead of the vital Copenhagen meeting.
Unavoidable climate change will cost Africa at least 1.7 per cent of its GDP by 2040 – US$26.35 billion a year at current rates - and leave millions more people suffering from hunger, diseases, floods and water shortages.