Living Catholic e-News September

People of faith lead grassroots climate petition


Some 25,000 people have signed a petition led by faith communities calling for stronger action on climate change. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Hindus have been pounding the nation’s pavements collecting signatures in mosques, churches, high schools and local businesses in what may be one of the largest grassroots, multi-electorate climate petitions in our nation’s history.
According to last year’s census, 60 percent of Australians identify with a religion and this electorate-based ‘Community Climate Petition’, an old style pen and paper petition driven on the ground by individuals of multiple faiths has already reached 94 electorates.

In a symbol of unity at 12 noon on Wednesday, 6th September, faith leaders from the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Quaker and Christian communities gathered on the lawns of Parliament House, Canberra to call for strong bi-partisan action on climate change.

Philippa Rowland, the President of the Multi-Faith Association of South Australia who attended the global climate talks in Paris and Marrakesh, at which faith groups from around the world united before the urgent challenge of climate change, called on all governments to take swift action to reduce emissions.
“Australian Politicians from all parties bear the responsibility to work for the common good, and must swiftly work together to address climate change as a global emergency,” said Mrs Rowland.

Watch this two minute video of people of faith explaining why they’re part of the campaign.

See September e-newsletter here.