Media Release: Embargoed until 10.30am on Tuesday, 5 December, 2006

The Australian Christian Lobby is pleased to participate in Common Belief: Australia’s Faith Communities on Climate Change, to be launched by the Climate Institute in Sydney tomorrow morning.

“It is clear that climate change poses a significant problem,” said Jim Wallace, ACL’s Managing Director. “Although the climate has changed many times over the course of its history it has never before changed with the land and resource demands of 6 billion people.

“Christians recognise a moral duty to be stewards of the creation and to express God’s love and care to all people made in his image. At the next election, I think the Christian constituency will be seeking to weigh the degree of determination in each party to tackle climate change,” said Mr Wallace.

Common Belief: Australia’s Faith Communities on Climate Change includes statements from Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, Greek Orthodox Church, Baptists, Evangelicals and the Salvation Army as well as non-Christian faiths including Islam, Buddhism, Baha’i, Hindus, Sikhs and Jews. ACL’s statement notes that there is a strong scientific consensus that the climate is changing and that there is ongoing political debate about how to address this, but that it is clear that the consequences will be felt most heavily by those least able to bear them, such as the poorest of the poor in the developing world. It concludes by asking the Australian Government to contribute to global action in order to protect the most vulnerable from the consequences of climate change.

Contact: Jim Wallace