CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Catholic Climate Petition

HONG KONG (SE): The Catholic Climate Movement is collecting signatures from concerned people to petition world political leaders and representatives of various bodies at the upcoming United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change 21 to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11 to come to a an ambitious and binding agreement.

The petition has the endorsement of Pope Francis 

“Through this petition we urge our political leaders to commit to ambitious climate action and solve this urgent crisis, with the goal of keeping the global temperature increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius—as called for in the Catholic Bishops’ 2014 Lima Statement,” the organisers of the movement say.

The gathering of bishops representing every continent in the world during the climate conference in Lima said in a statement, “We as bishops call on all parties to keep the global temperature increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius, relative to pre-industrial levels, in order to protect frontline communities suffering from the impacts of climate changes.”

The bishops called on the Paris meeting to ensure that their agreement would respond to the immediate needs of the most vulnerable communities and ensure that 50 per cent of public funds goes towards meeting their adaptation needs.

Ciara Shannon, from the Interfaith Climate Network in Hong Kong, said that to date over 120,000 signatures had been placed on the petition and they would be presented to the climate meeting in Paris on November 28, together with petitions from other faith-based groups, at a ceremony hosted by the president of France, François Hollande.

The petition, which is available online, says, “To local, national and international leaders. Climate change affects everyone, but especially the poor and most vulnerable people among us.”

It continues, “Inspired by Pope Francis and Laudato Si’ (Praise Be: On care for our common home),  we call on you to drastically cut carbon emissions to keep the global temperature rise below the dangerous 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold and to aid the world’s poorest in coping with climate change impacts.”

The group is encouraging people to promote it in their parishes and among their friends. It can be printed out so that people can be asked directly if they would like to sign it.

The necessary links are provided on the petition page. The link is below.

Petition link:


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