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Spiritual dimension to climate change

#1164 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 13 December 2015

In a recent Anglican declaration, a group of Anglican bishops said they accepted “the evidence of science concerning the contribution of human activity to the climate crisis and the disproportionate role played by fossil-fuel based economies.”

In an opinion piece for Eternity newspaper published this week, the President of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, Thea Ormerod, invoked the words of Revelation 11:18, where the wrath of God is poured out on “those who destroy the earth.”

Ms Ormerod said she believed climate change was an outcome of humankind’s failure to heed the call of Jesus to live simply and care for one another.

She said she accepted that it was difficult for people to accept that the burning of fossil fuels was doing great harm to the environment, but “with God’s grace our challenge now as Christians is to respond with courage and generosity to the many wise calls for action.”

I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.

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