Earth to Keepers: March for Change

September 2, 2014  |  climate change, Featured, News, SAFCEI news, Theology  |  Comments Off

Arch Tutu addressing Climate ChangeYou are invited. We’re changing everything!  Attitudes are shifting.  A movement is growing.  It is time to close the infamous gap between awareness about Climate Change and the strangle hold of the fossil fuel industry on our energy security.  As individuals we need to change to low carbon lifestyles, but for effective, collective action our governments need to get out from under the carbon cloud of the fossil fuel industry and commit to a renewable energy economy.  We invite you to join us as we March for Change in the build up to the September 2014 Climate Summit.  Scroll to the end of the article to find a Climate March or Action near you. 

On 23 September, political and corporate leaders are meeting at the United Nations in New York City for the 2014 Climate Summit.  UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions causing global warming.  History shows that, on their own, our political leaders are not up to the challenge. We have had 19 COP outs so far – 19 international climate Conferences of the Parties held annually since 1995 all around the world that have failed to result in real change.  It is time for you and me and all our friends and family to tell our politicians unequivocally that the buck stops here. It is time for change.  No more concessions to McPlanet multinationals – the Earth is not for sale.  Their `Futures’ impoverish ours.  We want a global climate contract that meets the IPCC’s targets to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.  Threats by the corporate leaders that the consequences for the global economy will be severe are largely threats to protect their vested interests and to keep their monopolies. Our economy is a subsidiary of the Earth’s ecology.  We are marching to replace the fossil fuelled materialistic model from destroying the Earth’s resilience and with it our physical home and spiritual connection to creation and creator.

The World Council of Churches and Religions for Peace have organized an Interfaith Summit on Climate Change, to be held in New York from 21-22 September 2014.  This is part of their ongoing effort to influence the climate negotiations in the interests of creation and humanity.  A key objective will be to convey the faith communities’ concerns and proposals to the Secretary General’s Climate Summit.  Grounded in the wisdom of the religions of the world and moved by the seriousness of the threat to all of humanity it will be a strong collective call for moral leadership.

For those of us who find the prognosis of Climate Change and the lack of responsible political leadership depressing or incapacitating, stop, reflect and change.  It is hugely hopeful and inspiring, perhaps even a miracle, that in these politically disconnecting times faith and community leaders and people from all walks of life are pulling together to get political leaders to vote for change.  

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, let us take a stand to bend the course of history.  

On 18 September, faith leaders and Climate Change Activists will be hosting a public dialogue in front of Parliament, Cape Town.

On 18 September representatives of 350.org Africa will hand their Climate Change petition to the Government at the Union Building in Pretoria. Click here to sign the We Lead You Africa Climate Change Petition.

JoBurg poster people's climate marchJoin or organise a local March for Change near you on 21 September to demand the world that we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world where communities are not destroyed by conflicts over gas and oil, a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.  “We are the communities on the frontlines of climate change.  Support us in building just transition pathways away from the ‘dig, burn, dump’ economy, and towards ‘local, living economies’…with millions of family-supporting jobs in clean energy, public transportation, zero waste, food sovereignty, community housing and ecosystem restoration.” www.peoplesclimate.org

Join # We Lead You Africa at www.350africa.org and find out about the Climate March initiatives throughout Africa and closest to you.  Sign the petition to our African leaders here: http://350africa.org/campaigns/we-lead-you/  or Tweet your Climate Change demands to your head of government. 

For more information:

https://www.facebook.com/350.orgDurban

http://www.interfaithclimate.org/about-the-summit 

Credit for photo of Archbishop Emeritus Tutu : https://www.facebook.com/350.orgDurban

Article by Kim Kruyshaar August 2014, with thanks to the sources above

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