New climate pledges fall short of urgent need, faith leaders say

By Barbara Fraser
National Catholic Reporter
December 16, 2020

Commitments made by countries at a virtual climate summit on Dec. 12 are a step forward, but still not enough to slow global warming sufficiently, leaders of Catholic and other faith-based climate groups say.

“It's important to keep some momentum going, ” said Daniel Misleh, founding executive director of Catholic Climate Covenant. “But clearly there need to be many more robust commitments to keep us to a 1.5-degree Celsius rise in temperature.”

And while countries announced targets, the means of achieving them aren't clear, said Chiara Martinelli, senior adviser at CIDSE, an international coalition of Catholic social justice organizations.

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