Note: Earlier today (September 7), three of the world’s leading Christian leaders – Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby – issued the following press release and joint statement on climate change. A link to the translation of the statement into Spanish is included.
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop of Canterbury have joined forces for the first time in an urgent appeal for the future of the planet
[Sept. 7, 2021] For the first time, leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Community jointly warned of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty and the importance of global cooperation.
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Justin Welby call on everyone to play their part in “choosing life” for the future of the planet.
In a joint statement, Christian leaders called on people to pray, in this Christian season of creation, for world leaders ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26) this November. The statement reads: “We call on everyone, regardless of their beliefs or worldview, to strive to listen to earthly lamentations and poor people, to examine their behavior, and to vow significant sacrifices for the good of the land God has given us. ”
The joint declaration issues a clear warning–“Today we pay the price … Tomorrow could be worse”–and concludes: “This is a critical moment. The future of our children and the future of our common home depend on it. ”
The three Christian leaders spoke out against injustice and inequality, saying: “We face harsh justice: the loss of biodiversity, environmental degradation and climate change are inevitable consequences of our actions, as we have greedily consumed more terrestrial resources than the planet can withstand. we are also deeply wronged: the people who bear the most catastrophic consequences of these abuses are the poorest on the planet and are the least responsible for causing them. “
The statement urges people to do the following:
- Pray for world leaders before COP26.
- For individuals: Make significant sacrifices for the well-being of the planet, working together and taking responsibility for how we use our resources.
- For those with far-reaching responsibilities: Choosing people-centered profits and leading the transition to a fair and sustainable economy.
Read the full statement at this link.