Only one day for a conference of an important matter. the world has to consider it is very important to think about our environment and global warming.
His Holiness Batolomew I ecumenical patriarch of Costantinople Πατριάρχης Βαρθολομαίος” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Religious leaders from all the world’s main faiths came together with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson and Rabbi David Rosen, international director of Inter Religious Affairs “of the American Jewish Committee to participate in the “Summit of Consciences for the Climate” organised by President François Hollande, which took place today in Paris in a run-up to the COP 21 UN conference on climate change, which will be held in Paris next December.
“The meaning of this meeting is to assemble all of the consciences,”
“The word ‘conscience’ impacts every one of us. It’s up to every individual to see what he or she can do to save the planet. There are philosophies, there are convictions, there are global diversities that should at a certain point unite, and unite to make decisions.”
At a meeting of mayors in the Vatican, the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo said there was a clear need to respect the planet, but also human life – which is an area where mayors are very much involved.
All are aiming to strike a deal to limit global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius. Researchers warn a rise of 4 degrees could lead to substantial species extinction, global food insecurity and fundamental changes to human life.
It is only a mobilization of conscience on a global scale that will enable humanity to meet this great challenge confronting us: how to limit global warming by taking real action, including reducing our consumption of fossil fuels.
Time is short. This is not only a political economic or ecological issue. It is the future of humanity that is at stake.
Each of us is called to respond now to the questions: is it important to me that the adventure of mankind on Earth can continue? Am I ready to change my lifestyle today so that the children of our children come into this world in tolerable conditions? And why, ultimately, do I care enough to do so?
In the preamble to the COP 21 Climate Conference, in Paris, the Summit of Conscience launched the “Why do I care?” campaign, an invitation to everyone – leaders, personalities and citizens of all countries of the world and of all faiths – to respond to this question, based on their own conscience and their own story.
Summit of Conscience
Why do I care: Participants