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Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:18

Religions: Get on board with ecological crisis

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helping the world“The majority of religious people have not really taken on board the magnitude of the ecological crisis and the urgency with which it must be addressed,” says well-known eco-missionary, Columban Fr Sean McDonagh.

As the ink dries on the outcomes of the UN COP 20 Climate Change negotiations in Lima, Peru, Fr Sean McDonagh reminded religious people of the words of Ms Christiana Figueres the Secretary General of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) back in May: “It is time for faith groups and religious institutions to find their voice and set their moral compass on one of the great humanitarian issues of our time.” www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/07/faith-leaders-voice-climate-change

Fr McDonagh has reported regularly on the activities of religious and other groups present in Lima since December 1st. Other Columbans, including Australians, Fr Bernie Lane, Fr Chris Baker have participated in prayer and marches as they try to send the message that saving the Earth and its peoples from dangerous climate change is a moral and ethical issue.

Pope Francis is preparing an encyclical on the environment and climate change to be published in 2015. He is reported as wanting to encourage the world’s faiths to enact what Ms Figueres is calling for.

Read more of Fr McDonagh’s reports at www.columban.org.au.