Caritas Mexico President Bishop Gustavo Rodriguez Vega presented the following to the UNFCCC meeting in Cancun on behalf of the World Council of Churches.
A Plea for Immediate Action
“No more delays: Life on Earth is in peril”
Statement from the World Council of Churches
To the High-Level Ministerial Segment of the
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” Proverbs 31:8‑9
Fifteen years have passed since we attended the First Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC which met in Berlin in 1995.
Once again we are meeting, completing the first decade of the Third Millennium, in which we had put all our hopes and efforts to solve the severe and urgent problems that are challenging us as inhabitants of the blue planet, our common home.
Time has run past. The problems and their challenges are still here. Scientific knowledge, supported by statistics and climatic models, as well as plain observations made by peasant, farmers, Indigenous peoples and coastal inhabitants has confirmed that the climate is changing because of human activities and that such change will prove disastrous for life in this planet, while we are still unable to take the unavoidable steps to detain the already tangible and oncoming appalling events. Continue reading