On Monday 18th October 10.00 BST representatives from Christian, Muslim, Jewish,
Buddhist and Hindu groups will hand in a statement for the Prime Minister at No.10 Downing
Street telling the Prime Minister he has a “unique position to lead the world in tackling the
climate crisis” with the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow less than two weeks away.
The statement will specifically call on the Prime Minister to:
● Keep 1.5C warming limit agreement alive
● Ensure rich countries meet commitments to meet and exceed $100bn in climate
finance each year to countries hardest hit by the crisis
● End further support for fossil fuels everywhere
The five faith leaders who will take part in the hand in are:
● Rt Rev Olivia Graham – Bishop of Reading
● Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg – Senior Rabbi, Masorti Judaism
● Imam Emad Choudhury – Imam at Bahu Trust
● Avnish Thakrar – National Coordinator, Hindu Climate Action
● Olivia Fuchs – Eco Dharma Network.
The moment is being organised by the aid agencies CAFOD, Christian Aid, World Vision,
SCIAF, Tearfund, and the Faith for the Climate network.
Dr Shanon Shah, Director of Faith for the Climate said:
“We are incredibly proud of the people of diverse religions in the UK and around the world who
have come together with a single message to the leaders who will represent us at COP26:
destroying the planet is against our religions. We’ve demonstrated that for people of faith,
prayers, reflections and meditations are necessary but not enough. We need urgent and
decisive action to address this climate crisis which most severely affects the people who have
done the least to cause it.”
Liam Finn, Campaigns Manager at CAFOD, said:
“We’d like to thank the thousands of Catholics and people from across faith communities who’ve
sent an unequivocal message to Boris Johnson that he has to show leadership at the COP. The
fight to tackle the climate emergency won’t end in Glasgow, but the COP is a vital moment for us
to get on track to ‘keep 1.5 alive’ and prevent our sisters and brothers in vulnerable communities
facing even more catastrophic consequences for a crisis they’ve done least to cause.
“That’s why the Prime Minister has to make sure the people living in communities on the
frontlines of the crisis are put at the heart of COP26, rather than being treated as an
afterthought by decision-makers, as Pope Francis warns is too often the case.”