Nearly 1.8 million people have put their names to faith-based petitions urging leaders at the COP21 conference to tackle global warming.
The petitions aim to deliver “a strong, fair deal which helps poor countries adapt to their changing climate”.
They were presented to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres and Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet, Nicolas Hulot on November 28th in Saint-Denis.
The hand-in was witnessed by around 400 people.
These included faith leaders, COP21 delegates and climate campaigners from around the world.
‘Faith in Climate Justice’ was organised by four international faith-based networks working together for a common cause: ACT Now for Climate Justice, OurVoices, Religions for Peace and the Global Catholic Climate Movement.
Archbishop Thabo, global climate ambassador for ACT Alliance, said: “People of faith urge all parties to constructively engage and agree on a Paris deal applicable to all. Climate justice is a spiritual and moral issue.
“To call it ambitious, it must include the long-term goal of climate resilient decarbonisation by mid-century and a periodic review and ratchet up mechanism to increase ambition dynamically.”