Academic journal article The Ecumenical Review

Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change

Academic journal article The Ecumenical Review

Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change

Article excerpt

Stewardship and reverence for creation are central tenets of all faiths on earth. Yet today we are endangering life on earth with dangerous levels of greenhouse gas emissions. These gases are destabilizing the global climate system, heating the earth, acidifying the oceans and putting both humanity and all living creatures at unacceptable risk.

The extraordinary delicacy of nature's balance is becoming increasingly apparent, even as human actions inflict ever larger, more dangerous and potentially irreversible changes on the indivisible web of atmosphere, earth, ocean and life that is creation. Today our faiths stand united in their call to care for the earth, and to protect the poor and the suffering. Strong action on climate change is imperative by the principles and traditions of our faiths and the collective compassion, wisdom and leadership of humanity.

We recognize the science of climate change, and we call for global leaders to adopt strong, binding, science-based targets for the reduction of greenhouse gases in order to avert the worst dangers of a climate crisis. We urge the nations of earth to ensure that those who will suffer under climate-induced changes, such as more severe storms, floods, droughts and rising seas, be aided to adapt, survive and equitably prosper.

We recognize that climate change is not merely an economic or technical problem, but rather at its core is a moral, spiritual and cultural one. …

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