Uppsala, Sweden (November 29, 2008)- Interfaith leaders from seven religious delegations concluded a two-day summit on climate change in Uppsala, Sweden by signing a declaration urging “governments and international organizations to prepare and agree upon a comprehensive climate strategy for the Copenhagen Agreement.” The declaration was to be presented on behalf of Christian, Buddhist, Daoist, Sikh, Muslim, Jewish, and Native American leaders at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Poznan, Poland that began on December 1.
The document called on world leaders to reduce carbon emissions 40 percent by 2020, to limit temperature rises to 2 degrees Celsius, and “to distribute the burden in an equitable way in accordance with the principles of common but differentiated responsibility and respective capabilities.”
Swedish Archbishop Anders Wejryd sees religion as a key part of the debate. “I am convinced that the issue of climate change is not an issue best left only to politics, natural science or the market,” he said. “Our faith traditions provide a basis for hope and reasons for not giving up.” Margot Wallstrom, Vice-President of the European Commission, echoed his sentiments, saying interfaith dialogue contributes “another perspective to the climate change debate, an ethical and moral perspective, and a debate that many politicians might not be willing to engage in.”
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