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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Operation Noah urges 10% of defence budget to be transferred to green projects
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¬†Fewer tanks and planes and greater emphasis on the threat to security from dangerous climate change. That is the central message announced by Operation Noah, a faith-based movement that seeks braver leadership from religious and political figures on the issues surrounding global warming. Speaking on Saturday at a "God and Global Warming" public meeting in Bolton, attended by representatives of the Christian, Muslim and Hindu faiths, Operation Noah's Mark Dowd said: "The UK's former Chief Science Adviser declared the issue of climate change to be a bigger long term threat to the country than terrorism. It is about time spending priorities reflected that. " "The latest evidence from the world's leading climate scientists leaves us in no doubt," said Dowd. "Nothing less than an urgent re-appraisal of our whole way of living will be needed if we are to head off the threat to God's creation. We call today for climate change to be recognised as a security threat and for ten percent of the UK's annual £33 billion defence budget to be reallocated to a crash programme of investment into renewable energy and green-collar jobs insulating the UK's homes and buildings." Britain is lagging a long way behind other EU countries when it comes to diversifying energy from non-fossil fuel energy sources. Only two countries, Malta and Luxembourg, fare worse in a comparative league table. Operation Noah, which has the support of a number of Britain's leading church figures, is in favour of drastic cuts in the UK's CO2 emissions in the interests of an attempt to provide international leadership. Whereas the government's current Climate Change Bill aims at a 60 per cent cut by 2050, Operation Noah group wants a 90 per cent cut by 2030 and for shipping and aviation to be included. "We need to stabilise the climate and that means a major re-think on road building and airport expansion," said Mark Dowd. "This is not gloom and doom. This issue can unite different cultures and religious faiths. We need to live more simply. We cannot go on worshipping indefinitely the false god of year-on-year economic growth. We must live within the limits of what the Earth can take."
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