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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 321

70+ international faith leaders urge Adani to abandon his mega coal mine in Queensland, Australia

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 ottobre 2019

More than 70 religious leaders from fifteen countries have signed an open letter, calling on Adani Group chairman, Gautam Adani, to step away from the Carmichael Coal Project which threatens to destroy the lands of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, kill more of the Great Barrier Reef and further destabilise the climate.Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Christian, Muslim and Jewish signatories, including many high-ranking leaders, have urged the billionaire industrialist to build Adani into a force for good that provides affordable, and clean energy to people, and doesn’t increase their risk of being harmed by climate disasters. Thea Ormerod, Chair, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), said: “Renewable energy can power communities safely, while burning coal worsens climate change and exposes people to more severe droughts, cyclones, heatwaves, and infectious disease epidemics.”“There is just no moral case for digging up and burning coal when you could be investing in the bright future of renewables instead. And financial experts say there is no economic case for it either.“Adani’s Carmichael coal mine is a carbon bomb, and a moral failure that will contribute hundreds of tonnes of carbon pollution into the atmosphere and put millions of lives at risk. Walking away from the project is the only ethical course of action. It also happens to be financially sound,” said Ormerod. The letter, which is coordinated by ARRCC, tells Mr Adani that there is no “ethical balance sheet” for promoting renewable energy with one hand and coal with the other. Reverend Canon Dr Rachel Mash, Environmental Coordinator of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, said: “Worsening floods and droughts are hurting vulnerable communities across Southern Africa, and new coal projects like Adani’s Carmichael mine lock in further harm to people in Africa and around the world.” “Mr Adani’s mission to energise India can be achieved in harmony with a clean future and safe climate, or it can be done in a way that makes the world more dangerous and difficult for us all. The choice is his,” said Reverend Mash.

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