The effects of climate change and the resolve to find a solution has last week prompted Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe to join other local and national religious leaders to sign the Catholic Climate Petition.
The petition was presented to the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Christiana Figueres, and Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet, Nicolas Hulot, on 28 November at the ‘Faith in Climate Justice’ (Les Religions Pour le Climat) event in Paris.
Bearing the signatures of 850,000 Catholics from 137 countries, the petition urged world leaders to resolve to drastically cut carbon emissions to keep the global temperature rise below the dangerous threshold of 1.5°C, while also asking for the provision of aid for the world’s poorest in coping with climate change impacts.
In the weeks leading up to the Faith in Climate Justice convention in Paris, Pope Francis led the charge of calling for change, inviting people around the world to participate a March.
The People’s Climate March was supported by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) which is led in Australia by Catholic Earthcare Australia and held in various cities across the globe. In Perth, the March took place starting at Wellington Square on Sunday, 29 November.
Local reports have it that some 8,000 people took part in the event locally, compared with 150,000 nationally and 800,000 internationally.
Director of the Justice, Ecology and Development Office for the Archdiocese of Perth, Carol Mitchell, echoed the statement released by GCCM earlier on in the week.
“This is all about working together to better understand what is happening around us, while also finding and implementing lasting solutions that will bring about change for the benefit of all creation,” Mrs Mitchell said.
“Pope Francis has said that the future of humanity does not lie solely in the hands of great leaders, the great powers and the elites – so it is up to us to start working on solutions together now,” Mrs Mitchell said…
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