Church of Ireland archbishops speak out about climate change.

The Archbishop of Armagh, Richard Clarke, and Archbishop of Dublin have spoken out on climate change by releasing a joint letter with other faith leaders in Ireland which was published in the Irish Times and Belfast Telegraph on 25th September.

"The collective sacred texts of all faiths speak of caring for the Earth. We, as representatives of diverse faiths on the island of Ireland, call for a new dialogue at all levels of society on the threat of climate change to the Earth, our common home, and to our aspirations for a just society.

Climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing our human family. Current impacts are already too much for poor countries to bear. In rich and poor countries alike, women and men living in poverty are most vulnerable to the impacts of increasingly unpredictable weather and more intense storms, floods and drought.

The opportunity to limit further warming to relatively safer levels and avoid even more devastating impacts will soon disappear. The continued inadequacy of the political response at all levels to this urgent challenge is a common, moral concern.

Increased action to reduce the carbon emissions that are accelerating climate change is critical. This action must place the most vulnerable people, future generations not yet born and the Earth itself at the centre of concern, ensuring a just and longer-term perspective on what constitutes the public interest.

Political leaders elected to protect and promote the public good have a special responsibility to work together and with all stakeholders to confine climate change to a limit safe for humanity. We urge them to use the political and legislative opportunities ahead to prioritise and increase action, including domestic legislation and international climate change agreements. A significant increase in ambition is needed to turn the current trajectory around and ensure the agreed limit of two degrees to further warming is achievable.

The future for humanity need not be bleak. Climate change is the manifestation of a human rather than an environmental problem and provides us with an unprecedented opportunity to act towards a more just and sustainable society. We urge people of all faiths and none, and leaders of all kinds and at all levels across this island to stop, think and start a new dialogue to this end. – Yours, etc,

Archbishop of Armagh
and Primate of All Ireland; The Most Rev

Church of Ireland
Archbishop of Dublin
and Bishop of Glendalough;

Right Rev Dr DIJ McNIE,
Moderator of the
Presbyterian Church
in Ireland;

President of the
Methodist Church in Ireland;

President of the Irish Council
of Churches;

Clerk of Ireland Yearly
Meeting, The Religious
Society of Friends in Ireland;

and Sheikh HUSSEIN

Islamic Cultural Centre;
National Spiritual Assembly
of the Bahá’ís of Ireland;

Triratna Buddhist Order.


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