Thursday, October 28, 2021

Religious leaders of the world appeal for action on climate change

With less than a month until the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, world leaders are calling for strong action to protect the environment. The leaders gathered at a meeting organized by the Vatican this week.

Religious leaders participating in the one-day meeting “Faith and Science: Towards COP26” made a powerful appeal on Monday ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which begins on October 31 in Glasgow, Scotland, and will also be attended by Pope Francis. planning to take.

For two weeks at this year’s COP-26 summit in Britain, participants will discuss measures that are needed to avoid what some are calling an “unprecedented ecological crisis”.

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“We urge the international community gathered at COP26 to take prompt, responsible and shared action to protect, restore and heal our wounded humanity and the home entrusted to our leadership,” the appeal said.

It was handed over to COP26 President Alok Sharma and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio in Glasgow. After the meeting, Sharma spoke to reporters in Rome.

“We are at a very dangerous point. The window on tackling climate change and keeping the critical temperature range of 1.5 degrees within reach is closing. But the door is still open, we still have time to take action, “They said.

President of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, Alok Sharma, right, and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio attend a conference at the Vatican, October 4, 2021.

Forty religious leaders from about 20 countries attended the meeting of the Vatican.

These included the Grand Imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar Mosque, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, the Church of England’s Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Representatives of many other religions were also present, including Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism, Taoism and Zoroastrianism.

Among those invited to the conference was the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader in exile, whom China does not recognize.

The decision not to invite the Dalai Lama reflects the Pope’s efforts to improve relations with China. The Secretary of the Holy See’s relations with states, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, told Reuters news agency that the Vatican’s relations with Beijing are now difficult but added that the Pope has great respect for the Dalai Lama.

Sharna said religious representatives who attended the meeting of the Pope and the Vatican covered about 75 percent of the world’s population.

“It is somehow a significant percentage of people around the world and so their voice matters a lot,” he said.

Pope Francis has made a concern for the earth, which he describes as “our common home”, the hallmark of his Pope.

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