Climate Election – statement from the (Anglican) Public Affairs Commission

Climate Change poses an unprecedented threat to God’s creation
and challenges our call to justice.

The Anglican EcoCare and Social Responsibilities Commissions jointly welcome and fully endorse this attached statement from the Public Affairs Commission on the ‘Climate Election’.

Our Christian faith calls us to be engaged in the world through all aspects of our lives, including active engagement in the political process.

Candidates for your electorate and links to their websites may be found here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/elections/federal/2019/guide/electorates

Thank you,

Ian Carter AM  Reverend Patrick King
ChairChair
Anglican Social Responsibilities CommissionAnglican EcoCare Commission


TEXT OF ‘190503 PAC – Climate Change Statement’

Climate Election

The Public Affairs Commission of the Anglican Church of Australia is calling on the Australian electorate to make dealing with Climate Change a priority issue during the election campaign.

Over the years, the General Synod of our Church has identified Climate Change to be a significant threat to humanity and the viability of the planet’s biological systems.

We are particularly concerned that the effects of Climate Change will be felt disproportionately by the world’s poor.

We are deeply concerned by the fact that the effects of Climate Change are already being felt by the people of the Torres Strait and by our Pacific neighbours.

We are also concerned that without intentional action communities in Australia that currently depend on carbon-intense industries will suffer as the world deals with Climate Change. There is a need for active implementation of policies that will enable a just transition to a dependency on renewable and related technologies for these communities.

We encourage all people of faith and goodwill to contact the candidates standing for election in their local electorate to:

  • convey to the candidates the need to make dealing with Climate Change a priority for the next Parliament;
  • to enquire of them what policies they have for dealing with Climate Change
  • to ask them to explain what policies they have for ensuring a just transition away from carbon dependency for rural and regional communities.

Dr Carolyn Tan,

Chair of the Public Affairs Commission


Peregrin Campbell-Osgood| Project Officer – Advocacy Commissions| Anglican Social Responsibilities Commission |Anglican EcoCare Commission

Anglican Diocese of Perth | Wollaston Education Centre | 5 Wollaston Road MT CLAREMONT WA 6010

T:  +61 (0)8 9425 7276 | E:  PCampbell-Osgood@perth.anglican.org

Twitter: @Perth_Anglican @AnglicanEcoCare @AnglicanSRC Facebook: Anglican EcoCare Anglican Social ResponsibilitiesWeb: www.perth.anglican.org


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