Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Church leaders urge government to push for commitment at Copenhagen

The leaders of the Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed churches have called on the government to put pressure on the world’s richest countries to reach a binding agreement at next week’s climate change conference in Copenhagen.

The churches argue that since developed countries such as the UK and US owe their wealth to activities producing high levels of carbon, they also have a moral responsibility to take the lead in setting measures to counter global warming.

The statement comes amid widespread acknowledge that agreement on a climate treaty at Copenhagen – needed for when the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012 – is unlikely.

The Free Churches have been supporting developing countries in their fight for a deal that mitigates the effects of climate change on the poor and vulnerable, and allows poor nations to develop economically.

The Revd John Marsh, moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, said:

“We share the anger and frustration of the world’s poorest countries with the intransigent positions adopted by negotiators of some of the richest countries ahead of the Copenhagen Summit which has rendered a binding agreement unlikely. The time for talking is over.

“The richest countries have a moral obligation to ensure that a series of clear decisions are now made in order to have a treaty committing them to a cut of greenhouse gas emissions of at least 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020. We

call on the government to do everything in their power to persuade their American counterparts to commit to this timeframe and target at Copenhagen.”

Source: Methodist News Service 30/11/2009


Granny Annie said...

I guess they can take a break from all this since the newest global warming consensus has determined: "load of hot air underpinned by fraud". The only question remaining with the exposure of this fraud is what will people like the U.S. Al Gore do with all of the money they have taken under false pretenses?

Olive Morgan said...

This is a very difficult question for grannies like you and me. When I see pictures of the breaking up of the ice in Antarctica, it is certainly alarming to contemplate the terrible flooding and resulting loss of inhabited coastline, with all the human misery in its wake. This seems so convincing, but, to non-scientists like us, the other scientists also seem to talk sense. Whatever the rights and wrongs, I believe we are meant to care for God's universe to the best of our ability. So I have cut down my carbon footprint as much as I can and I will encourage others to do the same.