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Bishop Nicholas joins call for environment-focused economic recovery

by Michael Ford last modified 03 Jul, 2020 10:45 PM

Our Bishop has added his signature to a letter from UK faith leaders that calls on the Government to ensure its economic recovery plan does not bypass care for the environment.

Marking the end of the first half of London Climate Action Week, representatives from the faith groups have signed an open letter to the UK Government urging it to ensure that its economic recovery strategy is centred on the urgent need to reduce the impact of climate change.

In the letter, the signatories, some of whom are members of the 'Faith for the Climate' network, also commit to the goals of the Laudato Si encyclical - an initiative of Pope Francis - to advocate for and model positive initiatives to continue to tackle the Climate Emergency.

They call on our Government to:
- Ensure that every element of the economic recovery strategy has at its centre the urgent need to reduce the risk of catastrophic climate change;
- Implement policies for sustainability in every sector of the economy;
- Take its due share of responsibility for a global and just transition, including through its approach to trade, investment and overseas aid;
- Use its COP26 presidency to work for a global commitment to net zero, building on the Paris Agreement;
- Protect biodiversity and restore the environment;
- Urge every sector of civil society to use this opportunity to work together to create a better world.

You can read the full letter here.

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