People of Faith call on all Parties to unite for climate action

Presbytery Chairperson, John Williams (on the right), has provided this image of “our gathering from all faith communities last Wednesday [6 Sep 2017] on the Lawns at Parliament House to present 25000 signatures from 94 electorates across Australia from these communities of faith calling for action on climate change.”

The text of this faith-led petition calls for:

…the House to do all in its power to protect communities in Australia and our region from harmful impacts of climate change – such as more severe heat, extreme and unpredictable weather and rising seas – by:

  • committing to deeper and more urgent reductions of our greenhouse emissions;
  • developing a plan to ensure Australia achieves zero net greenhouse emissions well before 2050, and supporting families and communities affected by the transition towards renewable energy and more sustainable land use;
  • providing additional assistance to help our poorest neighbours adapt to the harmful impacts of climate change.

John’s former colleague and now President of the Multifaith Association of South Australia,   Philippa Rowland, organised a lot of the action. She says, “I believe a powerful lesson is that our diverse faith groups are of one mind when it comes to our responsibility to care for the Earth, our common home, and all that live here. I share a wonderful video by Jody Lightfoot, Campaign for Australian Aid on Facebook here and include a few of my photos & montage below of intent listening as Dr Canadell explained global emissions reductions in a nutshell.”

To sign a petition: Philippa has advised that the “Petitioning Person for the Electorate of Canberra is Anglican Rev Pamela Phillips M: 0414 292 323), who will hand petitions to Gai Brodtman MP (ALP) on Thursday 21st September (post any signatures to Rev Phillips, 3 Muele Place, Wanniassa ACT 2903)” OR “you can download Blank Petition form and add your own electorate”.