Churches' Christmas messages call for climate action

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Churches' Christmas messages call for climate action

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Church leaders use Christmas message to call for climate action

Church leaders are using their annual Christmas messages and sermons to intensify pressure on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to take greater action on climate change, backing striking school students and fire-affected citizens in calling for increased efforts to tackle global warming.

In a video message to be streamed for the church's thousands of parishioners on Christmas Day, Uniting Church Australia president Deidre Palmer said the church stood with its Pacific counterparts "in seeking to address the threat of climate change". ...

In her video message, seen by the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Dr Palmer said: "What affects one part of creation affects all of us."

She said the church was heeding the pleas of children and young people "for all of us to work together to respond to the environmental devastation that is having tragic consequences" and called for "personal and community actions" to bring "healing and renewal".

Father Bob Maguire, the former South Melbourne parish priest whose charitable foundation helps feed the city's poor, agreed, saying it was "common sense". ...

President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the Most Reverend Archbishop Mark Coleridge, also called for action on climate change in his annual Christmas message. ...

Wesley Mission chief executive and reverend Keith Garner said in his Christmas message young people's voices should be heard – and may provide "hope for our world gone mad", acknowledging the suffering of those affected by "natural disasters ... drought and fire". ...
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It's good to see this from the churches, especially since our Prime Minister is so vocal about his Pentecostalism.

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