Climate change is real, we must act

Prime Minister Julia Gillard receives the Climate Commission report.

In 2007, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd famously described climate change as “the greatest moral challenge of our time.”

Last week, the federal government’s Climate Commission released an important report titled, The Critical Decade: Key Messages. Supported by the best recent scientific research, the report claims that “the global climate is changing and humanity is almost surely the primary cause. The risks have never been clearer and the case for action has never been more urgent.”

We are already seeing the social, economic and environmental impacts of dangerous climate change, apparently triggered by the burning of fossil fuels and large-scale deforestation. Canada, Russia and Australia stand out as the three advanced economies doing the least to mitigate climate change, and Australia stands to lose the most because of our large, dry, fragile land mass, and our vast coastline.

People of faith have a lot to contribute to climate change debates, by speaking the truth, loving our neighbours, serving the poor, and caring for the planet that God has entrusted to our care. What is your religious community doing about climate change?

Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, Sunday 5 June 2011.

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