COP26

Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration for Cop26

Monday, 20 September, 2021

Our faith communities are united in caring for human life and the natural world. We share a belief in a hopeful future, as well as an obligation to be responsible in caring for our common home, the Earth.

We recognise the opportunities that COP26 brings in addressing the urgent need for action in limiting the effects of climate change and the critical importance of decisions made in this conference to take forward the agreement made in Paris in 2015.

People have exploited the planet, causing climate change. We recognise that the burden of loss and damage falls most heavily on people living in poverty, especially women and children.

We acknowledge the commitments made through the Lambeth Declaration in 2015. Now, because of the gravity of our situation, the impact of climate change around the world, and the inequality of its effects we seek to strengthen those commitments.

We commit to respond to this challenge by:

  • Reflecting deeply in prayer, meditation and worship to discern how to care for the earth and each other, and to encourage our respective communities to do the same.
  • Making transformational change in our own lives and in the lives of our communities through individual and collective action.
  • Being advocates for justice by calling on governments, businesses and others who exercise power and influence to put into effect the Paris agreement; to make the transition to a just and green economy a priority; and to commit to science-based targets that are aligned with a healthy, resilient, zero-emissions future.

We remind governments of their commitments made in Paris in 2015 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, and of Article 17 of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights to protect the environment, the biosphere and biodiversity. We call upon them to take the urgent action needed to avert the loss, damage, and forced migration threatened by climate change.

We look to governments to work together and with others to create a positive vision for 2050 where addressing climate change is not just an opportunity to stop burning fossil fuels, but also: to achieve cleaner air and water; to reduce food wastage; to ensure a just and equitable sharing of the earth’s resources; and to protect the habitats we share with all other life on whose health we also depend.

Across our doctrinal and political differences, we know that we must change our ways to ensure a quality of life which all can share, and we need to provide hope for people of all ages, everywhere, including future generations. To offer hope in the world we need to have confidence that those in power understand the vital role they have to play at the Glasgow COP26.

Our collective energy and prayers will be with those working for a successful outcome. Signed by:

UK Senior Faith Leaders   Archbishop Angaelos, Archbishop of London, The Coptic Orthodox Church   The Rt Revd John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, and lead Bishop for the Environment, Catholic Church in England and Wales   Imam Qari Muhammad Asim, Chair, Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board   Malcolm M Deboo, President, Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (Inc)   Revd Clare Downing and Mr Peter Pay, Moderators of General Assembly, United Reformed Church   Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Senior Rabbi, S&P Sephardi Community, UK   Revd. Lynn Green, General Secretary, The Baptist Union of Great Britain   Rev Sonia Hicks, President of the Methodist Church and Barbara Easton, Vice-President of the Methodist Church   Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Former Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism   Rt Rev Andy John, Bishop of Bangor and Senior Bishop in the Church in Wales   Rabbi David Mason, representing Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis   Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra (Imam), Christian – Muslim ForumScottish Religious Leaders & Representatives   The Rt Hon Lord Jim Wallace of Tankerness, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland   Elizabeth Allen, Clerk, General Meeting for Scotland, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)   Imam Sohail Ashfaque, Blackhall Mosque   Lt-Col Carol Bailey, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army   Revd David Coleman, Minister of the United Reformed Church and Chaplain to Eco- Congregation Scotland   Allan Forsyth and Isadora Quay, on behalf of the Baha’i Community of Scotland   Rev Bonnie Evans Hills, convener Scottish Episcopal Church Interfaith Relations Committee   Madhu Jain, Hindu Mandir Scotland   Revd Dr Martin Johnstone, Glasgow Churches Together COP26 Ambassador   Ani Lhamo, Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist Centre   Bishop Brian McGee, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interreligious dialogue   Rev Dr David Miller, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland   Acharya Ji Mishra, Priest of Hindu Mandir Scotland   Ravinder Kaur Nijjar, Advisor Sikhs in Scotland
Mr. Patrick O’Mara, Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United Kingdom   Mrs Trupti Patel, President of the Hindu Forum of Britain   Juliet Prager, Deputy Recording Clerk, Quakers in Britain   Imam Sayed Razawi, Chief Imam, Director General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society   Rabbi Danny Rich, former Senior Rabbi and Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism in the United Kingdom   The Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala, Head Priest of the London Buddhist Vihara   Dr Natubhai Shah, Senior leader, Jain Community UK   The Rt. Hon Lord Indarjit Singh of Wimbledon, Director Network of Sikh Organisations (UK)   Jasvir Singh OBE, Chair of City Sikhs   Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia OBE KSG, Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha   Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich and lead Bishop on the Environment, Church of England   Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism UKImam Hassan Rabbani, Imam of Zia-Ul-Quran Mosque, Chair of Scottish Muslim Forum   Lama Yeshe Choje Losal Rinpoche Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist Centre   Rabbi David Rose Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation   Rabbi Moshe Rubin, Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation, Senior Rabbi of Scotland Shaykh Sohaib Saeed, Al-Furqan Mosque The Revd Mark Slaney Chair Methodist Church Scotland   Sr. Isabel Smyth Sisters of Notre Dame & Secretary to the Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Inter-religious Dialogue   Most Rev Mark Strange Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church   Linsay Taylor, Muslim Council of Scotland and Chair of Interfaith Scotland   Dr Srihari Vallabhajousula, Honorary Priest, Hindu Temple of Scotland, Rutherglen, Glasgow   Ameed Versace, Climate Officer, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society   Revd Paul Whittle, Moderator of The United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland   Rev. George Whyte, Principal Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

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