September 2, 2009
Geneva - The World Council of Churches on Wednesday called on its members to push their governments to agree to a deal at the December climate conference in Copenhagen that "drastically" reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The organization which represents churches with 550 million Christians as members "identifies the current unprecedented ecological crises as being created by humans, caused especially by the agro-industrial-economic complex and the culture of the North."
In a statement, the WCC also said the international community should transfer financial resources to poorer countries to refrain from oil drilling in fragile environments.
"It is a debt owed primarily by industrialized countries in the North to countries of the South on account of historical and current resource-plundering, environmental degradation and the dumping of greenhouse gases and toxic wastes," the religious group said.
The previous day, the United Nations, which will host the conference in December, said rich countries would have to pass up to 600 billion dollars annually to the developing world to help the poor cope with climate change.
Environmentalists hope the Copenhagen meet will see governments agree to drastically reduce emissions, which scientists say cause global warming and other changes to the climate.