Last week, faith leaders and MPs came together to celebrate a decade since the Climate Change Act came onto the statute book. High profile speakers like actor Lily Cole and author Farhana Yamin joined politicians at Parliament to recognise the ten years since the Act was implemented to tackle climate change.
The science is clear on climate change (https://t.co/ibZgojFQzD). Next Monday the world’s leaders will meet at #COP24 to discuss the crisis, and everyone can participate via the People’s Seat #TakeYourSeat @UNFCCC @TheCCoalition
— Lily Cole (@lilycole) November 30, 2018
Organised by the 130-strong Climate Coalition, one of the event’s targets was to raise awareness around the necessary measures the UK needs to take to stop the world temperature rising more than 1.5 degrees which scientists state is imperative in mitigating any further damage to the environment. Failure to stop the world’s temperature from rising includes changes like extreme weather, flooding and the increasing threat of famines and drought, mainly affecting impoverished areas of the world.
A wide variety of faith leaders supported the event, Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra spoke of why UK citizens need to take pride in the ten-year anniversary:
“As an imam and a preacher, I try and educate my congregations about the importance of looking after our planet. I also make extensive use of scripture to try and convince people and give them evidence that God has made us guardians of this earth and so we are duty-bound to ensure that we use it wisely and we leave it in a state which future generations will be able to benefit from – as we have benefited ourselves.”
With @CarolineLucas celebrating 10th birthday of #ClimateChangeAct last week @UKParliament @HouseofCommons Portcullis House @TheCCoalition @fftcnetwork @bhumiproject @EcoIslam_IFEES @MuslimCouncil #CCAat10 #netzero pic.twitter.com/k1k5hKXW8g
— Ibrahim Mogra (@IbrahimMogra) November 28, 2018
This message was reinforced by the chair of The Climate Coalition Neil Thorns who described the Climate Change Act as one of the most ground-breaking pieces of legislation passed this century. Thorns even cited the ongoing support from all political parties as further proof of the legislation importance. Thorns stated that with the scientific developments since 2008, we need to go further and reduce our carbon emissions to zero before the year 2050. He went on to say, “Pope Francis has said that tackling climate change is ‘the greatest leadership opportunity of them all’. We need the government to take this opportunity and respond to calls from people across the country. God has made us guardians of this earth.”
For us at Faith Forums, it was fantastic to see people from so many different cultural backgrounds and religions come together in a positive, constructive way to commemorate the anniversary of such a vital piece of legislation. Most importantly, this event serves as a reminder that we can all unite to tackle issues such as climate change.
Our current projects Trees of London 2018 and Intergenerational Gardening both seek to bring diverse communities together, to fortify existing relationships and develop new ones, whilst caring for the environment.