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Church leaders send their blessings to the IPCC meeting in Copenhagen

His Holiness Pope Francis, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and the Archbishop of Polynesia, all sent their greetings to Copenhagen Tuesday evening. An “International Worship Service for the Climate” was held in the Copenhagen cathedral, and for an hour there was time for reflection, music and prayers.

 

Climate change is indeed a topic with relevance for all. Companies, municipalities, governments and ordinary people, all have their own concerns and needs to consider when the global temperature is raising. Climate change challenge development and growth, around the world, and sooner or later we all need to engage in the climate debate.

 

The church has been part of the debate since it started for real in the early 90s. How come? And why could a simple evening worship in Copenhagen gather church leaders from different Christian beliefs?

 

The religious entry point into the debate is based on faith. A faith in God, as the creator of earth and life. As human beings we have been given the task to care for the creation, and a concern for the environment and climate change has therefore been strong.

 

Churchleaders sent their greetings to the worship in Copenhagen, and they sent strong calls for increased climate ambition, from people and governments. Archbishop Desmond Tutu called for a move, from fossil fuels to green and renewable solutions, and His Holiness Pope Francis stressed

 “the responsibility of all to pursue in a spirit of fraternity policies respectful of this earth which is our common home”.

 

Climate change is indeed a global issue, which concerns us all. It concerns our future, and the whole creation.

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