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Monday, 26 August 2013 11:32

Faith at a time of federal election

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The open letter was launched and organised by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) in July this year. It reiterated the scientific warning of an unthinkable four degree Celsius rise in temperatures if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase at the present rate. Recent experiences of extreme weather are a mild foretaste of what this will mean. We are on this pathway if Australia continues to export cheap coal. The open letter concludes that this is a major election issue.

Sixteen signatories to the letter united Anglican, Baptist, Catholic and Uniting churches. Interfaith signatories represented Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Jewish religions. The open letter was signed by Archbishop Philip Wilson representing the Catholic Bishops through Catholic Earthcare; Sr Annette Cuncliffe RSC as leader of Catholic Religious Australia; and Prof. Neil Omerod from the Australian Catholic University.

Read the full story at the Australian Columbans website.

Read the open letter on climate policy signed by leaders of 11 religious traditions, including CRA President Annette Cunliffe rsc.