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Christian Aid welcomes Papal intervention in climate debate

29 April 2015 - Christian Aid has welcomed Pope Francis’ conference on the environment as part of the build up to his upcoming Papal Encyclical. The international development agency said his contribution to the issue could be crucial in securing a positive political outcome at December’s UN summit in Paris.

Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Change Adviser Mohamed Adow said: “The Pope’s intervention in the climate change debate has the potential to be a game changer. We’ve already seen the scientific community lead the way and recently businesses, insurers and investors have started to move.  Now if the faith communities of the world get behind it then that will really create the leverage to get the political action we need in Paris.

“Not only could the Papal Encyclical have an impact on the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, such is the profile of Pope Francis, it will raise the issue up the agenda of all faith groups.  Faith leaders will see they can stand on the shoulders of science and speak up about the immorality of climate change and how we have a personal and corporate duty to live responsibly.

“We need faith groups to be a prophetic voice.  Unlike politicians and businesses they aren’t at the mercy of election cycles or quarterly finance reports.  They can take the long view.  When they have done this, whether it was Martin Luther King with civil rights, William Wilberforce with the slave trade or Desmond Tutu with Apartheid, they have shown they have the power to bring about dramatic change.”

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For more information contact Joe Ware at jware@christian-aid.org. The 24 hour Christian Aid press duty phone is 07850 242950.


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1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 50 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.

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