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Faiths Play 'Vital Role' in Climate Negotiations - WCC General Secretary

Tuesday December 5 2023

The Rev Professor Dr Jerry Pillay speaking at the COP28 side event. Picture: Valter Muniz/WCC


Faith organisations will play a vital role in driving meaningful climate action across the world, the World Council of Churches General Secretary said this week.

The Rev Professor Dr Jerry Pillay told a side event at the COP28 climate summit in Dubai that faith traditions bring a unique perspective to the negotiations, emphasising compassion, justice, human dignity and the sacredness of creation.

Highlighting examples of faith-based initiatives, Pillay mentioned advocacy for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, the push for an Ecocide Law, and participation in the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative for forest protection. Faith communities are also engaged in land regeneration and sustainable living models.

Pillay concluded: "Faith is the missing piece in the climate discussions and for climate action. Our liturgies, humanitarian responses, and sustainable practices inspire hope and drive impactful change."

The WCC brings together 352 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches, including the Church of Scotland, representing more than 580 million Christians in over 120 countries.


Read more on the WCC website.

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