For heaven's sake!

Defying God's will

Published: Sunday 31 July 2005

-- Following the belief that religion is the greatest force to drive changes in people, Australia's religious leaders are using it to build up a fight against climate change. In a strongly worded appeal, the Environmental Network of the Worldwide Anglican Communion informs church leaders of the impending "perilous and catastrophic collapse" of the planet's ecosystem and charges human beings with not fulfilling "God's will for creation". The advisory group also suggests measures like imparting environmental education to the clergy and building churches to conserve energy.

The statement was framed at an April 2005 meet hosted by George Browning, the Anglican bishop of Canberra, Australia's capital. It was adopted at a recent Anglican Consultative Council meet in Nottingham,the uk. Meanwhile, the Uniting Church, the National Council of Churches in Australia, Catholic Earthcare Australia and the Australian Conservation Foundation have launched a movement, circulating pamphlets titled "Changing Climate, Changing Creation". They ask people to demand clean transport, renewable energy use targets and adherence to Kyoto Protocol.

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