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Peak Christian body calls for leadership on climate agreement

Media release from the National Council of Churches

June 2 2017The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) have called on Prime Minister Turnbull to show leadership in commitment to the global climate agreement, which is our best chance for the stewardship of the world around us.

NCCA President, Bishop Philip Huggins said "this momentous climate deal is bigger than just one country, one person or a handful of climate sceptics. It is about the urgent survival of humanity, the ability for all children to be able to born into and live in a world with clean air and clean water.

Sr Elizabeth Delaney sgs, the General Secretary of the NCCA, said “Prime Minister Turnbull, a man of faith, will understand that Australians are looking to him for leadership on one of the biggest threats facing us and future generations. 

“Australia needs to keep its focus on the task of implementing and strengthening its commitments to its people and those in surrounding countries for a 1.5 degree warming limit.  Our very survival is at stake. 

Bishop Huggins said “Our Pacific neighbours in Tuvalu and the Carteret Islands are already feeling pressure to flee their country because of a rise in sea level. In Australia, our unprecedented heat waves are having serious consequences for our land, livestock, vegetation and homes.  

“This climate deal, signed by 195 countries is about action and trust that our leaders understand that there is no second chance at this.  

“Global warming is real, and it will have devastating effects on us in our lifetime.  Prime Minister Turnbull should lead in protecting this planet for our children and for their children, regardless of the short sightedness of the US President or climate sceptics,” concluded Bishop Huggins. 

Contact details:

Bishop Philip Huggins +61 418 799 515 bishopphiliphuggins@melbourneanglican.org.au

Thea Ormerod, President, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change +61405 293 466  chair@arrcc.org.au