New York, NY: At a colourful multifaith ceremony with Buddhist chants, Zoroastrian prayers and Sikh drumming at the Church Center for the UN, Ambassador Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly took delivery yesterday of the Interfaith Climate Change Statement to World Leaders (www.interfaithstatement2016.org).
Amongst key Catholic signatories of the Statement are:
- Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences of the Holy See
- Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, Archbishop of Vienna and President of the Austrian Bishops Conference
- Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez, Archbishop of Bogota, President of CELAM
- Bishop Georges Pontier, President of the French Catholic Conference of Bishops
- Fr. Joseph Komakoma, Secretary General, Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM)
- Cardinal Oswald Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, President, Federation of Asian Bishops´ Conferences (FABC)
- Archbishop John Ribat, President of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania and the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands
- Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, President of Caritas Internationalis.
Other prominent faith leaders have also signed, such as the Dalai Lama and Archbp Desmond Tutu (see full list of the 270 high-level signatories here) In addition to the high level signatures, the Statement is supported by 4,639 individuals and 86 groups from all over the world who have shown their support online by using the hashtag #Faiths4ParisAgreement.
"This and other religious initiatives demonstrate that climate change is now firmly accepted as a moral issue", Mr. Lykketoft said. "The Statement shows how religions can be a catalyst for common action. You are telling your followers that you recognize the seriousness of climate change, its impacts on the vitality of the planet and the wellbeing of humanity. You are demanding action to be taken now. "
GCCM founder and Global Coordinator, Tomas Insua said in his remarks, "We are very glad to see that the 1.5C goal was enshrined in the Paris Agreement, but we know that there is a huge gap between words and acts."
Simultaneously over 2,500 miles away, the first expedition to the North Pole from South America was taking place, organized by Foundation Criteria and Scholas. The goal: to share the ecological message of Pope Francis from one of the most symbolic places on the planet. The trekkers are carrying a Laudato Si' encyclical and a Global Catholic Climate Movement banner calling on world leaders to "PROTECT OUR CLIMATE & OUR COMMON HOME".
For more information on the Interfaith Climate Change Statement see
For further information on the North Pole expedition visit see:
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