British Climate Czar Alok Sharma. By Chris McAndrew, CC BY 3.0, Link

UK Energy Secretary Appeals for Faith Leaders to Save COP26

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

COP26 President Alok Sharma has thanked 40 faith leaders for presenting a commitment to promote a voluntary permanent climate lockdown, in the form of “Encouraging our communities to embrace simple and sustainable lifestyles at home, so as to reduce our collective carbon footprint”. But Alok has explained, more needs to be done to help spread the message.

The original appeal from the 40 faith leaders;

4 October 2021 – Joint Appeal

One family in a common home

Today we come together united, in human fraternity, to raise awareness of the unprecedented challenges that threaten us and life on our beautiful common home, the Earth.

As leaders and scholars from various religious traditions, we unite in a spirit of humility, responsibility, mutual respect and open dialogue. This dialogue is not limited to merely the exchange of ideas, but is focused on the desire to walk in companionship, recognizing our call to live in harmony with one another and with nature.

Today’s gathering is the fruit of months of involved fraternal dialogue among faith leaders and scientists coming together, aware of the necessity of an even deeper solidarity in the face of the global pandemic and of growing concern for our common home.

Our awareness: nature is a gift

Nature is a gift, but also a life-giving force without which we cannot exist. Our faiths and spiritualties teach a duty, individual and collective, to care for the human family and for the environment in which it lives. We are not limitless masters of our planet and its resources. We are caretakers of the natural environment with the vocation to care for it for future generations and the moral obligation to cooperate in the healing of the planet.

We are deeply interdependent with each other and with the natural world. This connection is the basis for interpersonal and intergenerational solidarity and for overcoming selfishness. Damage to the environment is a result, in part, of the predatory tendency to see the natural world as something to be exploited with disregard for the extent to which survival hinges on biodiversity and on maintaining the health of planetary and local ecosystems. Multiple crises facing humanity are demonstrating the failures of such an approach; these are ultimately linked to a crisis of values, ethical and spiritual.

Faith and science are essential pillars of human civilization, with shared principles and complementarities. Together, we must address the threats facing our common home. The warnings from the scientific community are becoming increasingly stark and clear, as is the need for concrete steps to be taken. Scientists say that time is running out. Global temperatures have already risen to the point where the planet is warmer than at anytime in the last 200,000 years. We are on course for a rise in temperature of more than two degrees above the pre-industrial levels. It is not just a physical problem but also a moral challenge. The climate crisis affects us all, but it does not involve us all equally, because it will have different yet devastating effects on people in industrialized and non-industrialized countries. In particular, it affects the poorest, especially women and children in the most vulnerable countries, which are the least responsible for it.

Humanity has the power to think and the freedom to choose. We must address these challenges using the knowledge of science and the wisdom of religion: to know more and to care more. We should seek solutions within ourselves, within our communities, and with nature, adopting an integral approach. We must think long-term for the sake of the whole of humanity, now and in the future.

We need to expel the seeds of conflicts: greed, indifference, ignorance, fear, injustice, insecurity and violence. We must focus particularly on those at the margins. We need to act together to inspire and energize each other. We need to live in peace with one another and with nature. Now it is the time to take transformative action as a common response. As the COVID pandemic rages, 2021 presents a vital challenge to turn this crisis into an opportunity to rethink the world we want for ourselves and for our children.

Care must be at the heart of this conversion, at all levels.

Our call: the need for greater ambition at COP26

We need a framework of hope and courage.

But we also need to change the narrative of development and to adopt a new kind of economics: one that places human dignity at its center and that is inclusive; one that is ecologically friendly, caring for the environment, and not exploiting it; one based not on endless growth and proliferating desires, but on supporting life; one that promotes the virtue of sufficiency and condemns the wickedness of excess; one that is not only technologically driven, but is moral and ethical.

Now is the time for urgent, radical and responsible action. Transforming the present situation requires the international community to act with greater ambition and fairness, in all aspects of its policies and strategies.

Climate change is a grave threat. In the interest of justice and fairness, we advocate for common but differentiated climate action at all levels, from individual behavioral changes to high-level political decision-making processes.

The world is called to achieve net zero carbon emissions as soon as possible, with wealthier countries taking the lead in reducing their own emissions and in financing emission reductions from poorer nations. It is important that all governments adopt a trajectory that will limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. To achieve these goals of the Paris Agreement, the COP26 Summit should deliver ambitious short-term actions from all nations with differentiated responsibilities. There is also an urgent need to deliver action to meet its medium- and long-term commitments.

We beg those nations with the greatest responsibility and present capacity to: step up their climate action at home; fulfil existing promises to provide substantial financial support to vulnerable countries; agree on new targets to enable them to become climate resilient, as well as to adapt to and to address climate change and loss and damage, which is already a reality for many countries.

We will accompany nations in seeking to protect and invest in the marginalized groups and vulnerable populations within their own borders, who for too long have borne disproportionate burdens and been on the frontlines of poverty, pollution and pandemic. The rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities must be given special attention, protecting them from predatory economic interests. They have been caretakers of the earth for millennia. We should listen to them and be willing to be guided by their wisdom.

We appeal to governments to raise their ambitions and their international cooperation to: favor a transition to clean energy; adopt sustainable land use practices including preventing deforestation, restoring forests and conserving biodiversity; transform food systems to become environmentally-friendly and respectful of local cultures; end hunger; and to promote sustainable lifestyles and patterns of consumption and production.

We ask that full consideration be given to the effects on the workforce of the transition to a clean energy economy. Priority must be given to the creation of decent employment for all, particularly those in fossil fuel dependent sectors. We ask to ensure an effective and inclusive just transition to low greenhouse gas emissions and climate resilient development. At the same time, we call on them to consider both short-term and long-term social and economic consequences, and adopt a balanced approach that combines care for future generations with guarantee that no one is deprived of his/her daily bread in our own time.

We call upon financial institutions, banks and investors to adopt responsible financing for investments that have positive impacts on people and the planet.

We call upon civil society organizations and everyone to face these challenges with courage in a spirit of collaboration.

In parallel, we ask the leaders attending COP26 to ensure that no more biodiversity is lost, and that all land and water ecosystems are restored, protected and sustainably managed.

In order to achieve these goals, a major educational challenge stands before us. Governments cannot handle such ambitious change alone. We need all of society – the family, religious institutions, schools and universities, our businesses and financial systems – to engage in a transparent and collaborative process, ensuring that all voices are valued and all people represented in decision-making, including those most impacted, especially women, and those communities whose voices are often ignored or devalued.

This is where we, religious leaders and institutions, can make an important contribution. Humanity must rethink its perspectives and values, rejecting consumerism and the pervasive throwaway culture, and embrace a culture of care and cooperation.

Raising public awareness is indispensable to the change of course that is needed.

Our commitment and our creativeness

The followers of religious traditions have a crucial part to play in addressing the crisis of our common home. We commit to taking much more serious action. Young people are demanding that we listen to the scientific insights and that we, their elders, do much more.

First, we commit to advancing the educational and cultural transformation that is crucial to sustain all other actions. We underline the importance of:

* Deepening our efforts to bring about a change of heart among the members of our traditions in the way we relate to the earth and to other people (‘ecological conversion’). We will remind our communities that care for the earth and for others is a key tenet of all our traditions. Recognizing the signs of the divine harmony present in the natural world, we will strive to incorporate this ecological sensitivity more consciously into our practices.

* Encouraging our educational and cultural institutions to give priority in their programs to relevant scientific insights, to strengthen integral ecological education, and to help students and their families relate to nature and to others with new eyes. Beyond the transmission of information and technical knowledge, we want to instill deep-rooted virtues to sustain the ecological transformation that is required.

* Participating actively and appropriately in the public and political discourse on environmental issues, sharing our religious, moral and spiritual perspectives and uplifting the voices of the weakest, of young people, and of those too often ignored, such as Indigenous Peoples. We underline the importance to reframe environmental debates from being about technical issues alone to include moral issues.

* Engaging our congregations and institutions with their neighbours in the building of sustainable, resilient and just communities, creating and developing resources for local cooperation in, for example, restorative small-scale agriculture and renewable energy cooperatives.

Second, we underline the importance of taking far-reaching environmental action within our own institutions and communities, informed by science and based on religious wisdom. While calling on governments and international organizations to be ambitious, we also recognize the major role we play. We wish to emphasize the importance of:

* Supporting actions to reduce carbon emissions, achieve carbon neutrality, promote disaster risk reduction, improve waste management, conserve water and energy, develop renewable energy, provide green open spaces, conserve coastal areas, prevent deforestation and restore forests. Many of these actions require partnership with farming and fishery communities, especially small-scale and family farmers, whom we will support.

* Working to make bold plans to achieve full sustainability in our buildings, land, vehicles and other properties, joining the global race to save our planet.

* Encouraging our communities to embrace simple and sustainable lifestyles at home, so as to reduce our collective carbon footprint.

* Striving to align our financial investments with environmentally and socially responsible standards, ensuring greater accountability and transparency as the tendency to move away from investments in fossil fuels and toward investments in renewable energy and restorative agriculture is becoming ever more widespread. We will encourage public and private sector stakeholders to do the same.

* Evaluating all the goods we purchase and the services we hire with the same ethical lens, avoiding two different moral standards being applied to the business sector and to the rest of social life. For instance, we will raise awareness in our faith communities about the need to examine our banking, insurance and investment choices, to correct them in line with both the values we proclaim here.

Our hope: a time of grace, an opportunity that we cannot waste

We are currently at a moment of opportunity and truth. We pray that our human family may unite to save our common home before it is too late. Future generations will never forgive us if we squander this precious opportunity. We have inherited a garden: we must not leave a desert to our children.

Scientists have warned us that there might be only one decade left to restore the planet.

We plead with the international community, gathered at COP26, to take speedy, responsible and shared action to safeguard, restore and heal our wounded humanity and the home entrusted to our stewardship.

We appeal to everyone on this planet to join us on this common journey, knowing well that what we can achieve depends not only on opportunities and resources, but also on hope, courage, solidarity and good will.

In an age fraught with division and despair, we look with hope and unity to the future. We seek to serve the people of the world, particularly the poor and the future generations, by encouraging a prophetic vision, a creative, respectful and courageous action for the sake of the Earth, our common home.

Source: UK Government

COP26 President Alok Sharma’s response;

Playing our part to turn the tide on climate change

COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma’s remarks at the Vatican following the powerful call to action from faith leaders ahead of the climate change summit in Glasgow.

From: Cabinet Office and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP
Published 4 October 2021

Your Holiness, Esteemed Faith Leaders, Scientists and Minister.

It is an honour to receive this Appeal.

And I look forward to hearing today from so many inspiring faith leaders from across the world.

Daniele [Guadagnolo] and Federica [Gasbarro] have spoken with great passion, and their energy and sense of urgency echoes so clearly the sentiment I heard throughout the Youth4Climate event in Milan last week.

The climate crisis we face is grave. And entirely of our own making.

A crisis built by human hands.

And it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the challenge.

By the injustice of the situation, where the poorest are suffering the most, having contributed the least to climate change.

But today shows us how we can, and will, turn the tide.

Doing so requires us all to play our part.

Every country and every part of society, mounting a global effort led by those most human qualities, reason and morality. The head and the heart.

Through science we understand the damage we are inflicting on our planet, and its people.

Through morality we comprehend our responsibility to restore the planet and nature.

The Hindu tradition, into which I was born, teaches that nature is divine, and that we must promote the welfare of all living beings.

Religions around the world contain similar teachings.

So we need our youth to continue to call for change, with the passion we have heard today.

We need scientists, with their academic authority, to amplify further their voices in the public debate, and faith leaders to use their moral leadership to make the case for action.

This Appeal does just that, with immense clarity and power.

Forty faith leaders have come together, and working with scientists, have created a powerful call to action for the world.

I thank you for the months of hard work that have gone into this Appeal.

For the commitments you have made to take action.

And for the strength of your message to governments at COP26.

Our priorities are shared.

I too am committed to keeping the 1.5 degree limit alive, to following the science, driving action in vital areas like power and deforestation, and to delivering for developing nations, including vitally on finance, as justice requires.

This Appeal is a powerful call in support of these efforts.

And I commit to working with you all to spread its message to Ministers, world leaders, and all at COP26, in Glasgow where the world will decide the future of our planet and its people.

And I request you to do the same.

Please spread the message of this Appeal far and wide.

As individuals and collectively, you have a very powerful set of voices.

I am very well aware of the scale and the gravity of the task ahead in Glasgow.

But the strength of purpose I have witnessed here today gives me great hope for our collective future.

So I thank all of you for your work, His Holiness and his team for hosting this gathering, and the Hon. Luigi Di Maio and Italy, our partners for COP – and partners in this initiative, thank you.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/playing-our-part-to-turn-the-tide-on-climate-change

In my opinion the people behind this dialog won’t be happy until they have rolled back civilisation to the medieval age, when church and state utterly dominated the lives of peasants, and individual liberty for commoners was not even a concept.

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Tom Halla
October 5, 2021 6:08 am

Somehow, this brings to mind a TV evangelist with his hands in the air yelling”Heal!”.

Scissor
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2021 6:18 am

I can envision Janet Yellen in a green choir robe as backup, singing praises.

Reply to  Scissor
October 6, 2021 9:47 am

I doubt Yellen can sing or praise anything but herself. A combination requiring both makes it impossible.

LdB
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2021 6:24 am

You left out they then ask for the congregation to contribute.

Tom Halla
Reply to  LdB
October 5, 2021 6:26 am

That is why it reminded me of TV evangelists. Remember, TV evangelists do more than lay people.

M Courtney
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2021 6:36 am

That’s an unfair generalisation but very funny so have an upvote.

Reply to  M Courtney
October 5, 2021 6:47 am

I don’t think it’s a generalisation.

John Larson
Reply to  Krishna Gans
October 5, 2021 7:41 pm

Many bigots don’t . . it’s kinda their trademark ; )

Bill Powers
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2021 6:26 am

In reality we will be returning to 16th Century Catholicism where the wealthy will buy indulgences for their carbon footprint and the masses will suffer under strict lockdowns unable to move between villages for lack of coin to buy and maintain even a simple mule for transportation

Tom Halla
Reply to  Bill Powers
October 5, 2021 6:29 am

I think you mean 13th Century, as the 14th and 15th were well into the Reformation.

Alba
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2021 7:13 am

Luther published his 95 Theses on Indulgences in 1517 so the reference to the 16th century is accurate. However, the original comment displays the usual ignorance about the nature of an Indulgence and the requirements for one to be effective.

Tom Halla
Reply to  Alba
October 5, 2021 7:37 am

My bad! Getting innumerate again

Ron Long
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2021 7:16 am

Actually, Tom, I think Bill means the 16 Century, as the Catholic Church referred Giordano Bruno to the Inquisition, which found him guilty of saying the earth rotated around the Sun, and burned him alive at the stake in 1600 (his other charged petty crimes did not warrant the stake). The CAGW Religion may be planning a wienie roast for some prominent nay sayers, be careful out there.

Greg
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2021 7:33 am

AGW is a cult. It is totally appropriate to get faith healers psychics and necromancers involved. Hey, whatever it takes to save the planet’s OK with me !!

Mr.
Reply to  Greg
October 5, 2021 11:34 am

They needed to recruit these guys –

Greg
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2021 7:35 am

a TV evangelist with his hands in the air yelling”Heal!”.

I’d really like to see video meme on that !

Reply to  Greg
October 5, 2021 8:06 am

S. th. like that ?

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Reply to  Greg
October 6, 2021 1:18 am
Mac
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2021 8:16 am

I had a patient in the 80’s who was very wealthy. I once asked how he started. He worked with an evangelist named Garner Ted Armstrong Pasadena Ca area. He raised the advertising monthly from ~$300/mo to thousands and he said the money started rolling in.

Sara
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2021 8:24 am

Is it time to find and post the video of that Monty Python song “How Sweet To Be An Idiot”?

I hope this insanity gets squelched over here before it starts.

Reply to  Sara
October 5, 2021 8:32 am

Why not, it’s easy

Reply to  Sara
October 5, 2021 8:34 am

Or better that ?

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Neo
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2021 8:32 am

I keep seeing the Reverend Ike, who is famous for saying ..
“Money is not the root of all evil; Lack of money is the root of all evil”

ResourceGuy
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2021 8:55 am

It was CO2 that caused the tears of Tammy Faye. The models say so.

TEWS_Pilot
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2021 11:24 am

Good point, or New York Governor Kathy Hochul dressed as a priestess claiming that God ordains that everyone get vaccinated.

Tom Halla
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
October 5, 2021 11:31 am

“Dressed?” I somehow imagine her as a strict Gardnerite Wicca, dancing in the moonlight with the rest of the former Cuomo administration.

Mike Lowe
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2021 11:56 am

But haven’t they got someone on their side with the answer to everything? So why ask common people for their assistance?

Tom Halla
Reply to  Mike Lowe
October 5, 2021 12:21 pm

It is like the stage play Peter Pan, keep applauding or Tinker Bell dies

Vuk
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2021 1:06 pm

Hallelujah, man.
https://youtu.be/ufS8-zW3Ugg
…. showing my age here

Dave Yaussy
October 5, 2021 6:09 am

“Global temperatures have already risen to the point where the planet is warmer than at anytime in the last 200,000 years.”

Where do they get this stuff? Why isn’t there the least effort to check on such spurious claims?

Fortunately, this communique is so long, and so obtusely written, that it is rapidly headed for the dustbin of history.

Scissor
Reply to  Dave Yaussy
October 5, 2021 6:23 am
Ron Long
Reply to  Scissor
October 5, 2021 7:18 am

Let’s us hope it goes full monty on the Alñ Gore Effect at Glasgow.

Greg
Reply to  Ron Long
October 5, 2021 7:38 am

Glasgow in November is not as smart a venue as Washington DC in late June. I guess we’ll all miss the fine manipulative skills of James Hansen. Maybe he’s going to turn up and chain himself to something, before some glaswegian says:

Way de yay nay git the fok oot a heh pal ?

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Coeur de Lion
Reply to  Greg
October 5, 2021 8:38 am

Some may remember Katowice which was COP I forget sitting on a coalfield in a snowstorm .

Gregory Woods
Reply to  Ron Long
October 5, 2021 7:54 am

Ron, how do you pronounce that: Alñ?

Richard Page
Reply to  Gregory Woods
October 5, 2021 8:15 am

I think it may well be pronounced ‘con’.

Alba
Reply to  Scissor
October 5, 2021 7:20 am

You may be right but you are looking at the daily trend. Look at the graph showing the forecast. The daytime high in 14 days is about the same as today. And not every year has trend temperatures. At 3pm today the temperature is 12 degrees C in Glasgow. The forecast (on the BBC website) for 3pm on 13th October is currently for 12 degrees. And for Monday 18th (the furthest ahead the forecast goes) it is also 12 degrees.

Scissor
Reply to  Alba
October 5, 2021 7:45 am

I imagine that with humidity, 12C doesn’t feel balmy.

Alba
Reply to  Scissor
October 5, 2021 11:30 am

No, but it’s not “cooler” than 12C.

Reply to  Scissor
October 5, 2021 9:33 am

Happens in a warming world:

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Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  Dave Yaussy
October 5, 2021 7:07 am

Are there hippos in the Thames yet? With those Neaderthal motorways?

M Courtney
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
October 5, 2021 7:48 am

For years I’ve wanted to re-introduce hippos at the confluence of the Severn and the Avon. They survive fine just north of there at the West Midlands Safari Park.

It would provide another habitat location so as to help protect against a risk of extinction.
It would also restore the natural environment of the British Isles.

And it would give those smug Tewkesbury folk with their posh Cotswold boat trips something to talk about, I can tell you.

Coeur de Lion
Reply to  Dave Yaussy
October 5, 2021 8:35 am

I agree. It’s much too long. No-one will read it . Sadly we had the intercession prayers in church this Sunday mentioning hopes for COP26. I asked the prayerful lady afterwards what she remembered of COP25. She didn’t know there was a COP25.

2hotel9
October 5, 2021 6:14 am

See? It is all religious hysteria, no science at all. Damned sure no thinking about the future, except how much money they can steal.

Reply to  2hotel9
October 5, 2021 6:45 am

“fraternity”, living in harmony with nature.

Fraternity is questionable, and humans never ever lived in harmony with nature and never will.
It’s always a struggle to survive.
There are no brothers.

BobM
Reply to  Krishna Gans
October 5, 2021 7:08 am

Left to their own devices, Nature will kill most people rather rapidly.

2hotel9
Reply to  BobM
October 6, 2021 4:01 am

I have witnessed this axiom personally. Even well trained people can fall to the simplest of nature’s attacks.

2hotel9
Reply to  Krishna Gans
October 6, 2021 3:57 am

Oh yes, some animals are more equal than others. This fantasy of living in harmony with nature is shown a lie by every farmer, nature has to be beaten back constantly.

October 5, 2021 6:15 am

I never had douts the climate “movement” is a religious one, but Alok Sharma is one of the last proof.

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bonbon
Reply to  Krishna Gans
October 5, 2021 7:30 am

See my post on ARC above…

Reply to  Krishna Gans
October 5, 2021 8:09 am

Buy a “b”

Anonymous Coward
Reply to  Krishna Gans
October 5, 2021 12:30 pm

Silent letters are dum.

Tony Sullivan
October 5, 2021 6:21 am

Complete and utter gobbledygook.

SxyxS
Reply to  Tony Sullivan
October 5, 2021 8:30 am

Gobbledygook from a person with the right skincolor isn’t gobbledygook 🙂

Thanks god they didn’t chose a black and/or muslim for the message,otherwise everyone rejecting police stat…COP 26 would be called a racist,bigot,islamophob,nazi.
But for hindhus there aren’t (yet) special privileges.

Interesting may be that this oh so carbon footprint worried hipocryt travelled 30 times by plane (while the british population was massively restricted )in the past few month and ignored all quarantine rules = yet another of the more equal caviar communist psychopaths who is above the law and does not believe for a second in co2 or covid scare.

Ozonebust
Reply to  Tony Sullivan
October 5, 2021 8:53 am

The mind numbing offerings of so called faith leaders, best known as story tellers who exist and profit from tax free donations.

Faith leaders are a social government that operate with the blessing of the political government of any country.

Take our message to the people. Both form of governments act together.

It is difficult at times to determine which of the two forms of government has the most influence on a country and its people.

Ozonebust
Reply to  Ozonebust
October 5, 2021 8:55 am

Have faith, my words are true…………

Richard Page
Reply to  Ozonebust
October 5, 2021 10:09 am

Pray for deliverance from your sins of emission!

Dave Fair
Reply to  Richard Page
October 5, 2021 8:37 pm

I keep my emission under the covers.

fretslider
October 5, 2021 6:46 am

“But we also need to change the narrative “

Really?

Have the BBC, The Guardian, Independent, ITV, C4 ad nauseam got the memo?

Right now on UK media we have a climate crisis tsunami of doom and gloom – and there’s still a month to go before it all falls apart – again.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  fretslider
October 5, 2021 7:26 am

The memo is in the “Pending” tray, buried under a foot of paperwork in the hope that it will never, ever surface!!!

ResourceGuy
Reply to  Alan the Brit
October 5, 2021 12:22 pm
M Courtney
Reply to  fretslider
October 5, 2021 7:52 am

Coincidentally I just posted this on the Guardian. It seems apposite:

The Greens need to lose their Imperialist White Man’s Burden rhetoric and grow up before they can grow as a party.

After COP26 goes the way of Cop1, Cop2 Cop…to Cop25 and the poor countries tell the Greens to naff off again the Green movement will go into their shell for a few years.

This is the peak of the Green hype cycle in the lead up to a COP. It always goes quiet after reality bites. And then the Green party slips in the polls without the BBC and Sky hyping the issue.

rovingbroker
October 5, 2021 6:53 am

“We need” appears seven times in this appeal. Specific actions appear not at all. All smoke, no fire. Action talks, BS walks.

Ciphertext
Reply to  rovingbroker
October 5, 2021 8:08 am

Should that be “BS talks, Action walks” instead?

Chaswarnertoo
October 5, 2021 7:05 am

Further proof global warming is a religion, not science.

October 5, 2021 7:05 am

“We are caretakers of the natural environment with the vocation to care for it for future generations and the moral obligation to cooperate in the healing of the planet.”

It’s often proven, more you take care about nature, more you ruin it because the assumptions how nature works are wrong.

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  Krishna Gans
October 5, 2021 7:07 am

Why does the planet need healing?

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
October 5, 2021 7:34 am

I have asked on several occasions here & elsewhere, of the religious promoters of AGW, where is the climate crisis, chaos, breakdown, disaster, catastrophe, emergency, armageddon? I see no evidence of such an issue with climate!!! Pollution is one thing, but CO2 is NOT pollution it is the gas of all life on Earth!!! As said before, if the muppets promoting this BS really want to remove all carbon from the planet, they will have created a dead planet devoid of life!!! No animal life of any kind, no plant life of any kind, no bacteria of any kind!!! Lifeless, probably for a couple of billion years or so before it all starts up again!!!

Ozonebust
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
October 5, 2021 9:07 am

One example is the excessive use of nitrogen application on New Zealand farms that has polluted most water ways and is affecting drinking water with negative human health outcomes.

In this instance, the land and waterways need to heal.

They need to stop. The more you turbo charge a motor, the bigger the destructive force.

Mike Lowe
Reply to  Ozonebust
October 5, 2021 12:09 pm

What “negative human health outcomes”. You’ve swallowed Cindy’s nonsense as well as Greta’s!

BobM
October 5, 2021 7:09 am

Haven’t read a more idiotic screed in a long time.

whiten
Reply to  BobM
October 5, 2021 9:06 am

It is not just idiotic or stupid.

It is plainly malevolent… devious.

In matters of Religion,
there could not be a clearer identification of the path of sin… lust, envy and vanity,

then

when Religious leader(s), scholar(s) or academic(s) claim, identifie and/or pontificate themselves as faith leaders, scholars or academics… the very upholders of faith.

cheers

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whiten
Reply to  whiten
October 5, 2021 11:27 am

Let me make it clear… to all concerned,
no any one ever debil ever will be considered as dear to me… regardless of all else…

Alba
October 5, 2021 7:10 am

The world is called to achieve net zero carbon emissions as soon as possible, with wealthier countries taking the lead in reducing their own emissions and in financing emission reductions from poorer nations.
No mention of China. Without mentioning China the whole exercise becomes completely redundant.
the COP26 Summit should deliver ambitious short-term actions from all nations with differentiated responsibilities. There is also an urgent need to deliver action to meet its medium- and long-term commitments.
Vague waffle.
We appeal to governments to raise their ambitions and their international cooperation to: favor a transition to clean energy; adopt sustainable land use practices including preventing deforestation, restoring forests and conserving biodiversity; transform food systems to become environmentally-friendly and respectful of local cultures; end hunger; and to promote sustainable lifestyles and patterns of consumption and production.
More vague waffle.
We ask to ensure an effective and inclusive just transition to low greenhouse gas emissions and climate resilient development. At the same time, we call on them to consider both short-term and long-term social and economic consequences, and adopt a balanced approach that combines care for future generations with guarantee that no one is deprived of his/her daily bread in our own time.
Just wanting to have their cake and eat it.
But we also need to change the narrative of development and to adopt a new kind of economics: one that places human dignity at its centre and that is inclusive; one that is ecologically friendly, caring for the environment, and not exploiting it; one based not on endless growth and proliferating desires, but on supporting life; one that promotes the virtue of sufficiency and condemns the wickedness of excess; one that is not only technologically driven, but is moral and ethical.
Well, come on. Give us the details of how this new kind of economics is supposed to work. As a Professor of Economics said in one of my university classes, there are only two ways of deciding what to produce, how to produce and for whom to produce: the market or state control. So which is it the faith leaders are calling for: more market economics or more state control?
prevent deforestation
So that will be the end of building wind turbines in forests, then?
Scientists have warned us that there might be only one decade left to restore the planet.
“We use the word ‘might’ so that we can say the same thing every year from now till doomsday.”
one that promotes the virtue of sufficiency and condemns the wickedness of excess
When I see all these faith leaders put that into practice I might start listening to them. Until then they are just engaged in a gigantic con-trick of the wickedest kind of hypocrisy.
 

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Alba
October 5, 2021 7:35 am

Excellently put, Sir!!!!

Reply to  Alan the Brit
October 6, 2021 10:14 am

Indeed!
And congrats to Alba for wading through the relentless verbiage much [much] further than I managed.

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ResourceGuy
Reply to  Alba
October 5, 2021 9:19 am

The forests today are merely sources of renewable energy to be slashed, pelletized, shipped long distances, and burned. And in case you don’t know it, they are opening these pellet mills as we speak.

Patrick healy
Reply to  Alba
October 7, 2021 4:08 am

Very good Alba.
‘prevent deforestation’ would that include stopping stripping woods in North America to ship them to Brax in Yorkshire which sits atop a 600 year supply of coal?
Just wondering.

bonbon
October 5, 2021 7:21 am
LdB
Reply to  bonbon
October 5, 2021 5:51 pm

We brought up that problem with Griff and Nycoli and their UK just needs more EU interconnectors. It is only going to take one spat with EU for it all to come crashing down which apparently all you need to do is cancel a sub contract 🙂

Dave Fair
Reply to  LdB
October 5, 2021 8:53 pm

France manages to screw up everything for any attempts at joint action.

Alba
October 5, 2021 7:21 am

The world is called to achieve net zero carbon emissions as soon as possible, with wealthier countries taking the lead in reducing their own emissions and in financing emission reductions from poorer nations.
No mention of China. Without mentioning China the whole exercise becomes redundant.
the COP26 Summit should deliver ambitious short-term actions from all nations with differentiated responsibilities. There is also an urgent need to deliver action to meet its medium- and long-term commitments.
Vague waffle.
We appeal to governments to raise their ambitions and their international cooperation to: favor a transition to clean energy; adopt sustainable land use practices including preventing deforestation, restoring forests and conserving biodiversity; transform food systems to become environmentally-friendly and respectful of local cultures; end hunger; and to promote sustainable lifestyles and patterns of consumption and production.
More vague waffle.
We ask to ensure an effective and inclusive just transition to low greenhouse gas emissions and climate resilient development. At the same time, we call on them to consider both short-term and long-term social and economic consequences, and adopt a balanced approach that combines care for future generations with guarantee that no one is deprived of his/her daily bread in our own time.
Just wanting to have their cake and eat it.
But we also need to change the narrative of development and to adopt a new kind of economics: one that places human dignity at its centre and that is inclusive; one that is ecologically friendly, caring for the environment, and not exploiting it; one based not on endless growth and proliferating desires, but on supporting life; one that promotes the virtue of sufficiency and condemns the wickedness of excess; one that is not only technologically driven, but is moral and ethical.
Well, come on. Give us the details of how this new kind of economics is supposed to work. As a Professor of Economics said in one of my university classes, there are only two ways of deciding what to produce, how to produce and for whom to produce: the market or state control. So which is it the faith leaders are calling for: more market economics or more state control?
prevent deforestation
So that will be the end of building wind turbines in forests, then?
Scientists have warned us that there might be only one decade left to restore the planet.
“We use the word ‘might’ so that we can say the same thing every year from now till doomsday.”
one that promotes the virtue of sufficiency and condemns the wickedness of excess
When I see all these faith leaders put that into practice I might start listening to them. Until then they are just engaged in a gigantic con-trick of the wickedest kind of hypocrisy.
 

bonbon
October 5, 2021 7:26 am

Anyone heard of the late Prince Philip’s :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliance_of_Religions_and_Conservation

Nominally closed 2019, but it looks like it has achieved it’s purpose…

Just a glance at :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Palmer
the head of this ‘secular’ outfit, should clear it up…

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Mike Lowe
Reply to  bonbon
October 5, 2021 12:25 pm

Fortunately I had never heard of the former, and find it difficult to believe that P.P. as an ex-naval man would have had anything to do with such non-scientific nonsense. Perhaps with his passing over the bar, this has died the death it deserved.

bonbon
Reply to  Mike Lowe
October 5, 2021 1:44 pm

Nothing there is secret, and well documented.
Now that P.P who wished to be reincarnated as a deadly virus (google that), might just have his wish granted, even though the Royals have likely herd immunity due to long exposure, wonder which of Dante’s Paradises … but that is just a Comedy, right?

dmanfred
October 5, 2021 7:31 am

voluntary permanent climate lockdown

If it’s voluntary why do they need locks?

MJB
October 5, 2021 7:31 am

“Encouraging our communities to embrace simple and sustainable lifestyles at home, so as to reduce our collective carbon footprint.”

God loves you, and needs money!”
George Carlin

Vincent
October 5, 2021 7:33 am

If you remove the claims about the predicted dangers of CO2 rises, and the obviously ridiculous assertion that the planet is warmer than at any time during the past 200,000 years, then the appeal, in general, makes sense.

We do need to take better care of our environment, reduce deforestation, reduce toxic emissions, dispose of waste products in a better way, raise more people out of poverty, and reduce the excessive consumption of expensive, luxury products, designed merely to satisfy the vanity and ego of the rich.

Since we know that increased CO2 levels are beneficial for most plants and crops, which are of the C3 type, I would recommend that all new coal-fired plants should be of the Ultra-Super-Critical type with state-of-the-art emissions controls, and should be surrounded by a number of large Greenhouses.

The ‘real’ toxic emissions from Ultra-Super-Critical coal plants, with the best emission controls, are negligible, and the CO2 emissions, which are expensive to eliminate, could be wafted through the Greenhouses to significantly increase crop production.

Problem solved.

Sara
October 5, 2021 8:11 am

Holy Mama COW! I almost had a brain cramp trying to get through that drivel. If you’re going to make a sales pitch on something, you should get to the point right away, EDNA!!

Is anyone selling oil lamps and parlor stoves over there in what used to be a really nice country to visit?

How many of the peasants will survive this winter if electricity and gas are cut down to or become nothing?

Does anyone really care?

Paul Johnson
October 5, 2021 8:11 am

When you’ve lost on the science, try appealing to faith.

October 5, 2021 8:16 am

According to the link, Alok Sharma made these remarks “at the Vatican.”

Did he walk or cycle there, as he wants us all to do?

Hypocrite, heal thyself.

David Middleton
October 5, 2021 8:21 am

Pure BS. Back to the dark ages when the church and king ruled.question is,: who will be king?

John Larson
Reply to  David Middleton
October 5, 2021 4:04 pm

And what will be the church?

Patrick healy
Reply to  John Larson
October 7, 2021 4:14 am

John,
A hint – it’s headquarters will be in Mecca, if my pope had his way.

Neo
October 5, 2021 8:31 am

If they had acted responsibly, this all would have been done of SKYPE or TEAMS, instead of physically travelling.

Reply to  Neo
October 5, 2021 8:41 am

Sharma has been a vocal supporter of the expansion of Heathrow Airport and has spoken in support of increasing the number of airport runways in the South East of England, claiming that “a lack of hub capacity is costing the UK jobs and investment.”

Source

Bruce Cobb
October 5, 2021 8:31 am

Today’s gathering is the fruit of months of involved fraternal dialogue among faith leaders and scientists coming together

So, “fruit of the loons” then?

John Bell
October 5, 2021 8:44 am

SPIKED has some good articles on environmentalism (class warfare)
https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/10/04/environmentalism-is-class-war-by-other-means/

Reply to  John Bell
October 5, 2021 2:15 pm

Well said there. But they are talking about eco terrorists, not activists.

Martin
October 5, 2021 8:45 am

Yes we will own nothing and be happy serfs gratefully tugging our fore locks to our masters

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Martin
October 5, 2021 9:59 am

True!!! Woe betide anyone who dares raise their heads in the presents of our Masters, will be forceably dragged away to the square to have their eyes plucked out by some ghastly instrument of torture before the peasants, for their insolence, to let them know just who is in charge from now onwards!!! Who said feudalism was a thing of the past, & dead & buried???

Dave Fair
Reply to  Martin
October 5, 2021 9:02 pm

The U.S. Department of Justice, through its FBI, is going after parents on terrorism charges if they yell at school boards over the Marxist CRT. Lying about President Trump is so yesteryear.

Doug S
October 5, 2021 9:03 am

This pretty much settles the issue of Climate alarmism. It’s a religious movement by the climate disciples’ own description.

John the Econ
October 5, 2021 9:05 am

The climate crisis we face is grave. And entirely of our own making. A crisis built by human hands.

Ironically true. This goes in my “Global Warming is a Religion” file.

John Larson
Reply to  John the Econ
October 6, 2021 5:40 pm

Well, I tend to agree there’s a form of “religion” behind what is happening, but obviously it has a great many scientists in the pews, so to speak. Not just the “climate scientists” producing the “doctrine” of Global Warming, but also in the Science “establishment” in general.

It’s the “religion” of materialism, one might say. Within this religion, there is Grand Origin Story (GOS Evolution), which renders us just another animal, just another “successful” variation of a happenstance (A-theistic) materialistic process. And, those who ascribe to this religion’s Grand Origin Story have no (logical) reason to behave as another animal might: In their self interest.

An Anglerfish does nothing “wrong” (on GOS Evolution) when it tricks another fish into coming close enough to become it’s happy meal ; ) It does something right. The new “King” of a lion pride does nothing “wrong” (on GOS Evolution) when it kills the cubs of the King it just deposed . . it does something right.

And the Climate Scientists (el al), do nothing “wrong” (on GOS Evolution) when they stack the deck, so to speak. Nor do any other scientists when they stack their decks . . if it helps them get their happy meals ; )

I don’t understand why so many who ascribe to GOS Evolution themselves, complain about those who live out what this “religion” professes. This is what they wanted. This is what they thought would “free” humanity from the silly chains that the Founders of Science (in the modern sense of the word), which is to say Christian intellectuals, were foolishly binding themselves with. And what they wanted all the children to be indoctrinated to have “faith” in, this Grand Origin Story they have such faith in.

(Rejoice, O wise ones, you won the “survival of the fittest” competition, and those foolish GOS Evolution deniers can’t even publish in “reputable” Science Journals now . . anymore than those foolish “climate deniers”, who get no happy meals, they are so foolish . . Enjoy what you made, I suggest. Enjoy the fruits of your religion’s great triumph ; )

ResourceGuy
October 5, 2021 9:09 am

What no pagan rep invited? And no atheist contingent? What’s the one started to protest at state Capitols for equal displays?

ResourceGuy
October 5, 2021 9:25 am

Order your wind and solar powered light up baby Jesus today for only $29.99 for the cause. We’ll throw in a bag of wood pellets to keep someone warm this winter for a few minutes at least.

Jeff Labute
October 5, 2021 9:28 am

Governments appeal to faith leaders? I can’t imagine what this would look like. Re-open residential schools for climate indoctrination and drag the children away? Gotta’ watch out for those people calling for unity and lying about the earth being warmer than the last 200,000 years.

Crowcatcher
October 5, 2021 9:50 am

I remember a few years ago the Archbishop of Canterbury spouting a load of rubbish about “global warming”, so I wrote to him pointing out that turning off the floodlights on all his churches would be a great in help to combat the “problem” – surprise, surprise I didn’t receive a reply!

Fran
October 5, 2021 9:51 am

Verbal diarrhea in spades.

Reply to  Fran
October 5, 2021 10:03 am

You mean logorrhoe ?

n.n
October 5, 2021 9:51 am

Twilight faith. He’s playing with a double-edged scalpel.

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ResourceGuy
October 5, 2021 10:03 am

Have faith in the holy models and straightedge predictions and be tempted not unto evil cyclical thoughts and fact checking. (I mean real fact checking and real science, not FB fact checking and Penn State investigations)

ResourceGuy
October 5, 2021 10:07 am

New bumper sticker: Question Climate Authority!

Peta of Newark
October 5, 2021 10:09 am

Quote:“Encouraging our communities to embrace simple and sustainable lifestyles at home, so as to reduce our collective carbon footprint”. But Alok has explained, more needs to be done to help spread the message

Yes yes yes. Epic. Thank you. At long last.

Why do I say that….
Question: “How dumb is it possible to be?
Answer….
Alok Sharma is The (latest) Turkey who has just voted for Christmas.
If everyone is staying at home being ‘simple‘ then they are not going out spending money and in the UK, a very simple BoE will tell anyone that 65%+ of everyone’s gross salary is taken off them in Tax and other mandatory takes.

Done on in order to fund muppets like you Mr Sharma and vaaaaaast numbers more in The Public Sector and all their Crony Friends.

Since the time of Tony Blair and when he tripled the size of the UK Statute Book (obviously the lovely Cherie cooking up business for all her Lawyerlie friends) you have done nothing but project your own selfishness, greed, social dysfunction, paranoia, scientific/technical/financial incompetence onto the UK people.

What you suggest will consign you and vast numbers of your civil servants to the Trash Can of UK history..

Hello hello hello, THAT is exactly why the Brexit Vote went the way it did.
We wanted rid of you clowns and all your creepy clown friends in Brussels.

I have posted into ‘comments’ somewhere (possibly the BBC actually) that the Brexit Vote was just the very first step and who would have thunk, the people to suggest the Next Step are the very ones that the vote went against

Back to where I came in, just how stupid can the players in this thing get……

edit to PS
Search inside that recent leak of financial stuff and Tony/Cherie’s tax dodging in the purchase of expensive London properties.
Didn’t you think it was only shady Russians and oil rich Arabs (entertaining high class Call Girls and casinos) who did that?

No. Wrong.
Our very own ex Prime Minister
<expletive> wow

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Mike Lowe
Reply to  Peta of Newark
October 5, 2021 12:19 pm

And our current prime Minister in New Zealand was one of his disciples! Good training for dodgy practices!

Joao Martins
October 5, 2021 10:18 am

” … thanked 40 faith leaders for presenting a commitment to promote a voluntary permanent climate lockdown … ”

They love lockdowns!

And the more permanent, the best!

Jailer mentalities!… Theese people abominate freedom!

ResourceGuy
October 5, 2021 10:34 am

Pray to the God of Winds and the Holy Carbon Tax Market.

beng135
October 5, 2021 10:37 am

Scary stuff.

Pflashgordon
October 5, 2021 11:04 am

They reference 40 “faith leaders,” whatever that is supposed to mean, but they never show the list. Anyone find a link to the list? I suspect that they will be the usual suspects, religions, denominations. Members of the World Council of Churches, etc.

Most “religions” including many branches and denominations calling themselves Christian have been run amok for decades.

This mess of a statement is meaningless, signed by members of dead denominations, sects, etc. It is meant to have an air of clerical authority to try and sway lay people, but it was probably written by secular climate activists in coordination with the known “church” ecoloons.

Any faithful Christian is inherently skeptical and suspicious of any such assertions as written here. Much of it is in direct conflict with scripture.

COP26 organizers are really getting desperate.

John Larson
Reply to  Pflashgordon
October 5, 2021 4:25 pm

Any faithful Christian is inherently skeptical and suspicious of any such assertions as written here. Much of it is in direct conflict with scripture.

I sure am, Eric might as well have said President Alok Sharma has thanked 40 con artists for presenting a commitment to promote a voluntary permanent climate lockdown…

Big Al says;

But today shows us how we can, and will, turn the tide.
Doing so requires us all to play our part.
Every country and every part of society, mounting a global effort led by those most human qualities, reason and morality. The head and the heart. … The Hindu tradition, into which I was born, teaches that nature is divine, and that we must promote the welfare of all living beings.Religions around the world contain similar teachings.’

No doubt some Religions do, but my religion teaches nothing of the sort.

“And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

No mention of catastrophic “global warming”, just weather . . But there is apparently mention of this nature worship stuff;

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”

Gordon A, Dressler
October 5, 2021 11:13 am

Hey, I can understand where Alok Sharma is coming from.

Every night I pray to God that someone . . . anyone . . . will set forth an objective, quantifiable definition of what the phrase “climate change” actually means.

Mike Lowe
Reply to  Gordon A, Dressler
October 5, 2021 12:21 pm

Good on ya! I don’t!

Reply to  Gordon A, Dressler
October 5, 2021 2:08 pm
Gordon A, Dressler
Reply to  Krishna Gans
October 5, 2021 2:45 pm

Post the actual URL, and I might then look.

Ed Zuiderwijk
October 5, 2021 11:21 am

Thank God for atheists. They are exempt, obviously.

4E Douglas
October 5, 2021 12:10 pm

Serf’s up!

Thomas Gasloli
October 5, 2021 12:16 pm

Or, as Greta would say, “Blah, blah, blah.”

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
October 5, 2021 5:01 pm

I think Greta is on the right track.

The whole Human-caused Climate Change scam is all “blah, blah, blah”, Greta.

john
October 5, 2021 12:23 pm

I cannot find out who the 40 faith leaders are

ResourceGuy
October 5, 2021 12:33 pm

Holding COP26 in the midst of an energy transition crisis is even better than the Olympics in a pandemic. At least the energy crisis is a political and economic learning lesson, at least for some in the UK.

Rory Forbes
October 5, 2021 12:34 pm

What a load of bollox.

ResourceGuy
October 5, 2021 2:14 pm

Blessed are the EU coal exporters for they shall warm the homes….

Coal Makes Comeback In Europe As Gas Prices Explode (yahoo.com)

Tom Abbott
Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 5, 2021 5:02 pm

The Greens must be going nuts!

Dave Fair
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 5, 2021 9:13 pm

Going?

Bob
October 5, 2021 2:53 pm

So who are these forty faith leaders?

Dnalor50
October 5, 2021 3:08 pm

Alok would also like to say that while you’re staying at home please don’t turn on the heater. Remain in bed whilst wearing a beanie to keep warm. Also try not to eat in order to minimise environmental impacts.

Michael in Dublin
October 5, 2021 4:25 pm

The COP delegates do not believe in a sovereign Creator God who providentially gives rain, sunshine and harvest. Anyone who believes in a God who created our world with day and night and seasons cannot go along with people who think they can engineer and control climate. Climate alarmism is essentially atheistic and anti-God.

DMacKenzie
October 5, 2021 6:07 pm

Notice that the objective is to have the “little people” reduce their expectations, reduce their consumption, degrade their lifestyle, so that emissions can be reduced and “little people” can have a utopian existence, someday but obviously not today…..while Sharma and his buddies continue their elitist jet-set lifestyles to international conferences on “little people’s” tax dollar. These are the guys who would be selling indulgences before the Reformation. Believing what their boss says, suspecting it a money raising scam, collecting their wages….

Craig from Oz
October 5, 2021 6:15 pm

“We want the world to lock themselves down and never leave home for the good of the planet and we want an international conference to discuss it!”

Yes…

Quite.

Quilter 52
October 5, 2021 6:43 pm

Speaker just save ourselves from all of this trouble and asking our leaders and bettors to just lock us down permanently under house arrest and arrange food and energy deliveries based on what they decide is the worth of the peasants living in the respective houses. Seriously I’m over This nonsense from people that purport to be in a democracy.

Pat from kerbob
October 5, 2021 8:35 pm

An open call for collapsing living standards

Pat from kerbob
October 5, 2021 9:00 pm

I somewhat came to terms with carbon capture and storage CCS when having lunch with the director of a company I have dealt with for years and is now developing big projects of these types.

As long as someone is paying for it, I will describe this as storing plant food for future generations to enable them to ride through the next glaciation without wiping out life on earth.
When atmospherically CO2 levels start dropping closer to the “we all die!!!!” Level of 150ppm, future humanity will start releasing this valuable resource into massive greenhouses to feed the world

Feels better than the alternative

Dave Fair
Reply to  Pat from kerbob
October 5, 2021 9:17 pm

There are plenty of CO2-bearing minerals such that future societies can draw upon them instead of FFs.

Teddy Lee
October 6, 2021 12:42 am

Would he achieve more by pleading with the governments of China,India and Russia for example.

DaveS
October 6, 2021 5:07 am

“I am very well aware of the scale and the gravity of the task ahead in Glasgow.”

Glasgow does have its fair share of problems.

ResourceGuy
October 6, 2021 7:37 am

Climate events by the Vatican are often associated with bad news in other areas, suggesting diversion efforts or message softeners.

Pope expresses ‘shame’ at scale of clergy abuse in France – ABC News (go.com)

Ulric Lyons
October 6, 2021 8:26 am

“Our awareness: nature is a gift”

A narcissistic paranoia is a great curse.

“the planet is warmer than at anytime in the last 200,000 years”

Nonsense, houses in the winter are though, because of central heating.

“In particular, it affects the poorest, especially women and children in the most vulnerable countries”

The illegitimate climate policies do just that.

“We need to expel the seeds of conflicts: greed, indifference, ignorance, fear, injustice, insecurity and violence”

Climate policy sows all those seeds.

“address climate change and loss and damage, which is already a reality for many countries”

Baseless BS

“Priority must be given to the creation of decent employment for all, particularly those in fossil fuel dependent sectors”

Reality… they let the natural gas storage run low on purpose.

“Recognizing the signs of the divine harmony present in the natural world”

Sure, the AMO and Arctic are normally warmer during each centennial solar minimum.

Andy Pattullo
October 6, 2021 12:36 pm

It is appropriate for faith leaders to lead the charge on controlling the climate because science has nothing that supports this idiocy. It is exactly the right type of mythology to keep the irresponsible believers busy while sane individuals try to stave off self induced economic collapse.

J.R.
October 6, 2021 10:17 pm

Men of the cloth frequently admonish us to care for the poor and needy. If this net-zero idiocy is achieved, the number of poor and needy will balloon unfathomably by hundreds of millions. Is it a sin to needlessly plunge entire nations into overwhelming poverty, especially when rational people have been warning about it for years? The clerics will be left crying, “What hath man wrought!”

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