In the wake of Pope Francis’ Laudato’ Si Encyclical and the Islamic Leaders Declaration, the Dalai Lama and 14 Buddhist leaders from across the world have issued a Buddhist statement on climate change, calling on world leaders to spur a global, low-carbon transformation by phasing out fossil fuels and phasing in 100% renewable energies.

“We are at a crucial crossroads where our survival and that of other species is at stake as a result of our actions. There is still time to slow the pace of climate change and limit its impacts, but to do so, the Paris summit will need to put us on a path to phase out fossil fuels. We must ensure the protection of the most vulnerable, through visionary and comprehensive mitigation and adaptation measures.

Phasing out fossil fuels and moving toward 100 percent renewable and clean energy will not only spur a global, low-carbon transformation, it will also help us to embark on a much-needed path of spiritual renewal.

We call on world leaders to recognize and address our universal responsibility to protect the web of life for the benefit of all, now and for the future. For these reasons, we call on all Parties in Paris:

1. To be guided by the moral dimensions of climate change as indicated in Article 3 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

2. To agree to phase out fossil fuels and move towards 100 percent renewables and clean energy.

3. To create the political will to close the emissions gap left by country climate pledges so as to ensure that the global temperature increase remains below 1.5 degrees Celsius, relative to pre-industrial levels.”

Building on Laudato’ Si, a group of Catholic Cardinals, Patriarchs and Bishops gathered to issue an ‘appeal to COP21 Negotiating Parties’, that calls for complete decarbonisation by 2050, an ambition mechanism to bring short-term goals into line with the long-term goal, and the full phase out of fossil fuel emissions, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energies.

“Representing the Catholic Church from the five continents, we Cardinals, Patriarchs and Bishops have come together to express, on our own behalf and on behalf of the people for whom we care, the widely-held hope that a just and legally binding climate agreement will emerge from the negotiations of the COP 21 in Paris. We advance a ten-point policy proposal, drawing on the concrete experience of people across the continents, and linking climate change to social injustice and the social exclusion of the poorest and most vulnerable of our citizens.

Call Number 4.

“To strongly limit a global temperature increase and to set a goal for complete decarbonisation by mid-century, in order to protect frontline communities suffering from the impacts of climate change, such as those in the Pacific Islands and in coastal regions.”

Call Number 6.

“To secure that the emissions reductions by governments are in line with the decarbonisation goal, governments need to undertake periodic reviews of the pledges they make and of the ambition they show. And to be successful these reviews need also to be based on science and equity and shall be mandatory.”

Call Number 7.

“To develop new models of development and lifestyles that are climate compatible, address inequality and bring people out of poverty. Central to this is to put an end to the fossil fuel era, phasing out fossil fuel emissions, including emissions from military, aviation and  shipping,  and  providing affordable, reliable  and  safe renewable energy access for all.”

Look out for the Hindu Declaration on Climate Change expected soon.

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