A more rapid transition to a low-carbon economy based on clean energy has been called for by delegations from the ACT Alliance (including Christian Aid), the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) at the United Nations climate conference, COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco, 7-18 2016.
People of faith should come together and work together on climate justice, and it is needed now more than ever, said WCC general secretary Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
A separate statement was issued by 120 organisations, including Christian Aid and CAFOD, calling for an end to all forms of public support for coal expansion and for the world’s wealthiest economies to renounce coal totally.
‘Expanding clean, home grown renewable energy to the world’s poorest and most remote people will have a transformative effect and deliver sustainable poverty eradication – something coal cannot do’, said Dr Alison Doig, Christian Aid’s Principal Climate Advisor.
Election of Donald Trump
Responding to the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States, Christian Aid says the European Union should step up to reassure the world that the global transition to low carbon energy is unstoppable.
‘Donald Trump’s election will likely alter America’s diplomatic bandwidth on climate’, said Christian Aid’s International Climate Lead, Mohamed Adow. ‘This opens up space for the EU to forge a new relationship with China and build on the global political momentum of the Paris Agreement. But it needs to lead from the front.’