Faith groups in Armidale will unite on Thursday, to 'sound the alarm' about the climate crisis.
The Armidale community is invited to join with people of faith around the world in a 'day of action' drawing sharp attention to the issue.
The theme of the day is 'Sacred People, Sacred Earth', and each place of worship, faith-based small group or household will choose its own way to do this: by ringing its bells, by sounding a note on the shofar, calling the Azan, by chanting and by meditating.
While each may have its own traditions, all will be united in one clear message.
As well these ways of 'sounding the alarm', there a short ceremony at the Uniting Church in Armidale at 11am in which community concerns about climate change will be raised.
Those attending will be invited to add their signatures to a multi-faith statement, calling for recovery from COVID-19 which will help create a more just world order while tackling the climate crisis.
The Day of Action is being put together by 14 multi-faith orgs in different countries, collaborating to escalate faith pressure for ambition at COP26 in this crucial year.
Thea Omerod, President of Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), said their aim was "to add strength to each other's advocacy with our own governments".
She added that domestic calls are supported by prominent international and domestic faith leaders and faith communities around the world.
"(We are) united by our fundamental belief that all people, all living things, and the Earth are sacred," she said.
The Day of Action will call on the Morrison Government to ensure:
1. That Australia offers more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC's) to the UN before March 11 under the Paris Accord;
2. That Australia commits to align these NDC's with net zero emissions by 2030;
3. The use of post-COVID recovery spending to boost renewable energy rather than bail out the fossil fuel sector;
4. Provision of finance for the Green Climate Fund, additional to the aid budget.
- Everyone is welcome to attend the event. For more information see: https://www.arrcc.org.au/global. Check the ARRCC Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ARRCC/ or follow on Twitter via @ARRCC1.
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