LWF joins leaders of other Christian organizations in urgent appeal to leaders of G20 countries ahead of Rome summit
(LWI) – The climate crisis requires an urgent ‘system reset’ of the current global development model ‘based on economic growth driven by fossil fuels’. This is the message to the leaders of the G20 countries from the leaders of the Lutheran World Federation, the World Council of Churches, the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the World Methodist Council and the World Mission Council. They stress that “these changes must occur in a window of opportunity that is closing quickly.”
The call to action for a “just and sustainable future and a thriving earth community” is included in a letter to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and the leaders of other G20 countries who will meet in Rome from October 30 to 31 before the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. The letter warns that “unless a radical change is made to the current economic model, the goals of the Paris Agreement will not be met and the climate crisis will not be avoided.”
Unless there is a radical change in the current economic model, the goals of the Paris Agreement will not be met and the climate crisis will not be avoided.
Citing “a growing body of evidence,” Christian leaders offer five proposals for consideration at the G20 meeting, which will focus on “People, Planet and Prosperity.” These include debt cancellation, carbon and pollution taxes, investments in ecosystem restoration, and the immediate end of government subsidies to fossil fuel industries, with more energy-oriented incentives. renewables such as solar and wind.
The letter also urges government leaders to replace measures of economic growth, particularly gross domestic product (GDP), with “indicators that assess the overall economic, social and ecological condition of man.” Economic policies, they insist, “should aim to improve the health and well-being of communities and the planet” with progress measured in terms of “decent work, health and ecological sustainability”.
Read the full letter here
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