Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Time for Action

Uniting Church members joined a thousand people gathered outside Parliament House on its first day of sitting calling for stronger action on climate change.

More than 25 Uniting Church members from eight Uniting Church congregations in Canberra, as well as further afield, joined with people from across the country asking Australia’s political leaders do more about climate change.

Uniting Church in Australia President Dr Deidre Palmer supported the call for action.

“The Uniting Church in Australia has a long-standing commitment to the healing and renewal of creation,” she said.

At 15th Assembly the Uniting Church reaffirmed its commitment to act and advocate on climate change and particularly to listen to the voices of vulnerable people who experience climate change first hand.

“I have listened to our sisters and brothers in the Pacific who live with the reality of climate change, calling on us to advocate for a stronger global response.”

“Because of this, we continue to advocate to our political leaders to put in place policies that shift us away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy.”

Uniting Earth Advocate Rev. Dr Jason John said the rally brought together people with a genuine concern about the future of the planet.

The supporters called for stronger carbon emission targets and a fair transition to100 per cent renewable energy.

“Australia is doing far less than our fair share globally,” said Rev. Dr John. 

Canberra City Uniting Church Minister Rev. Dr Paul Chalson was at the rally. He said: “I am here because climate change is one of the most crucial issues facing us as a society today.”

“As a follower of Jesus I am called to a vocation of caring for our planet.  I want to do everything I can to help us care for the planet.”

“We call for action towards renewable energy, a reduction of wasteful products and policies and practices at a government, industry and personal level which are sustainable.”

Cathy Rossiter, Chair of Tuggeranong UCA Church Council added: “We know that people who are the poorest are the ones who will suffer the most. This is our responsibility to deliver the kingdom on earth.  We have to look after that earth.”