Christian Aid has praised Pope Francis for his call for a radical rethinking of humanity’s relationship with the earth and urged both people of faith in all walks of life, and especially politicians, to heed his appeal for action to address climate change.

Christian Aid’s Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Christine Allen, said the intervention was a natural extension for his ministry for those in poverty.  She said "The hallmark of Pope Francis’s ministry has been his care for the poor."

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“You can’t claim to care for the poor and ignore climate change.  Climate change is not just a scientific phenomenon, or a political football, it is a moral issue which demands an ethical response.

“To those suffering the effect of climate change and those who feel politicians are letting them down, this is a message of hope.  People of faith must hear the call to stand alongside people of every nation and work together, not letting narrow self-interest or national politics block our common need.  Even more than that, the vision of faith calls everyone to recognise our dependence on the natural world and calls us to reassess all our actions that damage our fellow creatures.

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Ms Allen said “Hopefully the Pope’s game-changing intervention will light a rocket under politicians who need to show the kind of urgency being demonstrated by the Vatican.”

“People from all walks of life, from all political and religious persuasions, all around the world are raising these concerns."

"Recently, thousands of people queued up outside Westminster to lobby their MP and urge them to make tackling climate change a priority."

"We need politicians to shift public investments out of fossil fuels and into low carbon energy and to encourage private investment to follow suit.”

Ms Allen also praised the intervention of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who, along with other UK faith leaders, signed the Lambeth Declaration calling for governments to limit global warming to less than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

“Justin Welby and the other faith leaders are right to highlight the disproportionate impact climate change is having on the poor and to identify this as a matter of injustice.”

From an article published in Ekklesia

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