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Church leaders name for pressing motion at COP26

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Dozens of Christian and different religion leaders have issued a joint name to world leaders on the COP26 summit to agree on “pressing and impressive motion” on local weather change.

They stated {that a} new draft settlement launched as COP26 entered its remaining day is “worryingly unbalanced” and doesn’t go far sufficient to assist international locations already experiencing the damaging results of local weather change. 

“Whereas there’s progress on mitigation, it’s stunning that there’s restricted reference to motion wanted to handle growing local weather impacts,” they stated. 

The religion leaders expressed disappointment that the doc sheds no gentle on whether or not the as but unfulfilled pledge of $100bn a yr for poorer international locations can be delivered. 

And concern was raised about local weather finance leaving poorer nations with much more debt. 

“The present textual content doesn’t handle the truth that most public finance is available in loans, that are including to the burden of debt for climate-vulnerable international locations, nor the challenges on entry,” they stated. 

Whereas the draft settlement features a new facility to handle loss and harm in growing international locations bearing the brunt of local weather change, the religion leaders stated it was “offensive and immoral” that the textual content fails to determine concrete motion on how this can be delivered or provisions for brand spanking new finance.

The assertion ends with a name to international locations to agree a separate and extra funding stream for local weather mitigation and adaptation that’s offered within the type of grants reasonably than loans. 

An additional name asks international locations, particularly the foremost emitters, to exceed their present emissions discount targets yr on yr at future COPs. 

“World leaders should now step up and ship a transparent, actionable textual content that strengthens earlier agreements and places these dwelling on the frontline of the local weather disaster at its coronary heart,” they stated.

Signatories of the assertion embody Bishop Thomas Schirrmacher, Secretary Basic of the World Evangelical Alliance, Fidon Mwombeki, Basic Secretary of the All Africa Council of Church buildings, Fr Ioan Sauca, Appearing Basic Secretary of the World Council of Church buildings, Church of England Bishops Graham Usher and Olivia Graham, and Catholic Bishop John Arnold.

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