The following response to an Editorial in The Australian Financial Review was sent, but not published.
Sunday’s AFR editorial (‘Carbon concern is not moral’, 5 July 2015) claims that churches have abandoned pastoral care, sacraments and care of the poor because we are divesting from fossil fuels.
The Uniting Church in Australia welcomes Pope Francis’s encyclical letter on the environment, Laudato Si (Canticle of the Sun) and will be praying for Australian leadership on climate change.
On 20 May 2015, the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly, as a member of the Australian Religious Response on Climate Change, wrote the Leader of the Opposition urging the Labor Party to support the adoption of robust commitments to limit carbon emissions at the Australian Labor Party National Conference.
On 20 May 2015, the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly, as a member of the Australian Religious Response on Climate Change, wrote to the Prime Minister stating our concern about the targets Australia has accepted for the reduction of carbon emissions.
The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly was one of 14 religious organisations to sign a multi-faith open letter Fossil Fuels and Global Poverty at the G20 in The Courier Mail, Brisbane, calling upon all national leaders to commit to a rapid transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy.
The Synod's recent decision to divest from corporations engaged in the extraction of fossil fuels has won high praise from one of the world's foremost campaigners for addressing the effects of climate change.