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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 338

World’s Most Vulnerable Countries Back Day of Faith Climate Action

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 giugno 2016

Philippine climateSix months after the Paris Climate Talks, faith communities came together globally to call for climate action in a day of celebration of the earthcalled – Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust (http://sacredearth2016.org).More than 150 actions and events in 36 countries took place from Rio de Janeiro to New Delhi, including Green Iftars, Solidarity fasts, mobilisations, meditation sit-ins, climate services and many others.The actions had the support of the Climate Vulnerables Forum, the coalition of countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.Secretary Emmanuel M. de Guzman, Vice Chairperson of the Climate Change Commission of the Office of the President of the Philippines said on behalf of the Climate Vulnerable Forum Chair Philippines: “Yesterday’s events involving every major faith from Manila to Santiago have shown how united the world’s religions are in the fight against climate change. They echo the unity shown by the world’s governments in adopting and signing the Paris Agreement on climate change. The challenging 1.5C limit to global warming at the heart of this Agreement presents a historic opportunity for all of us to survive and thrive–and achieving this target requires the involvement of all society. We are indeed very glad to see the voices and actions of the world’s climate champions growing and gaining momentum with every passing day.” Faith communities who took part in Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust called for the acceleration of climate action New-Delhifrom countries, businesses and communities globally, in order to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C and protect the lives of millions of people.The past 12 months have been the hottest consecutive 12 month period in recorded history [2], and the 1.5°C goal agreed upon in the Paris Agreement is looking ever more difficult to achieve.Sacred Earth is part of an escalating wave of climate action from faith communities and follows the Interfaith Climate Change Statement [3] which was handed over to the President of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in April 2016 and was signed by 270 religious leaders from around the world.Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith one of the organisations involved, said responding to Sacred Earth in light of the attacks in Orlando; “We envision a world where people of all creeds, ethnicities, sexualaties and circumstances work together to protect our common home. That’s what Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust represents, and it is a beautiful vision. We hope this offers hope in the aftermath of yesterday’s horror in Orlando.” Gopal Patel, Director of the Hindu Environmental NGO The Bhumi Project, said: “Care for the natural world is central to Hindu life. As Hindu communities are increasingly seeing the effects of climate change across India, it is heart-warming to see them participating in the Sacred Earth celebrations.”
And Nana Firman, co-Coordinator of Global Muslim Climate Network said that: “Because of where we live globally, Muslim communities are facing the greatest threat from climate change. There is a clear relationship between poverty and climate change, and its underlying spiritual illnesses. This awareness requires a significant transformation in response to the ethical and spiritual message of Islam. The responsibility lies with our ability to urgently take relevant actions at the local, national and international levels. One such initiative is the Green Ramadan project. By emulating the Prophetic guidance on food consumption, Muslims around the world, adopting Green Iftars, are encouraged to consume local and organic food, in order to reduce the carbon emission from the food production and transportation. So, let us all tackle our habits, mindsets, and the root causes of climate change in our particular spheres of influence and bring about a resolution to the challenges that now face us. We all can be winners in this race, “so compete with each other in doing good deeds” (Qur’an 5:48).”

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