World Methodist Council General Secretary Ivan Abrahams recently signed the COP 22 Interfaith Climate Statement to World Leaders, joining other eminent global faith leaders in expressing the importance of protecting the earth from climate change. The statement is an historic effort to encourage States,corporations, and individuals to pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the 1.5° C goal, and to divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy. It also emphasizes that across all faiths we share a moral obligation to not harm others, to be fair and to care for the vulnerable. You can read the statement all who support it are invited to sign it.
On 10 November in Marrakech, Morrocco, the agreement, including the signatures of other key faith leaders and individuals from around the world, will be handed over to president of the COP (Conference of the Parties), the supreme decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Earlier this year, four days before the signing of the Paris Agreement in April, a similar statement was handed over to the President of the UN General Assembly. This statement was supported by over 4,000 individuals and 86 groups from over the world.
More information about this and previous Interfaith statements can be found at www.interfaithstatement2016.org.