Archbishops across the globe are calling on world leaders to keep their Paris Agreement promises, ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.
The five Archbishops, speaking on behalf of the 85 million-member Anglican Communion and united across 8,000 miles, branded climate change ‘the challenge of our generation.’
Musicians John Mark McMillan and Nicole Nordeman joined the archbishops and dozens of Christian leaders in a public letter urging global leaders to turn the Paris Climate Agreement into action when they meet next month. The letter is launched by the Renew Our World campaign, a global community of Christians speaking out for justice.
The COP23 global climate talks will take place November 6 to 17, convening hundreds of government leaders to take action towards the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement.In the letter, church leaders urge national governments ‘to keep the promises they made in the Paris Agreement, to restore the natural balance,’ and to ensure that global warming is limited to the safe level of 1.5 degrees to protect the poorest people worldwide, who are hit the hardest by climate change. It also calls for more investment in clean off-grid energy to reach those in poverty who can’t access national electricity sources.Jason Fileta, Executive Director of Micah Challenge USA, said: ‘There is a growing demand for stronger action to tackle climate change.
‘Christians across the world are joining our campaign to urge political leaders to agree ambitious targets and outline substantial plans for how they will cut their emissions and carbon use.
‘Every day we see the effects climate change is having on the poorest people in the world, dragging many back into the clutches of poverty through floods, droughts, and bad harvests.’
The letter says that Christian leadership on climate change is ‘a significant part of how we love our neighbors.
'We’re committing to respond as Christians by living more sustainably, praying, and raising our voices; we’re asking every member of the church - the world’s largest network - to join in, alongside many others, and every national leader to lead the way.’
The letter is also signed by Bishop Efraim Tendero from the Philippines, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance, and Victor Arroyo, Executive Director of the National Evangelical Council of Peru.
All Christians are called to add their name to the public letter at www.renewourworld.net
Archbishop Winston Halapua (Polynesia)
Archbishop Philip Freier (Australia)
Archbishop Albert Chama (Central Africa)
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba (Cape Town)
Archbishop Francisco Silva (Brazil)