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Friday, March 24, 2017
Operation Noah calls for legislation to combat global warming
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¬†The ecumenical green group Operation Noah, has launched a new website with a campaign calling on the Prime Minister to introduce a legislative framework that will fairly and equitably drive down the UK's per capita carbon dioxide emissions from today's average of 9.5 tonnes per person, to, at most, a more sustainable 1.2 tonnes by 2030. Ann Pettifor, campaigns director of Operation Noah said: "We know from opinion polling by Ipsos Mori that the British people are willing to adapt to climate change, but only within a framework of justice, in which sacrifice is equally shared. This cannot be done by a culture of 'voluntarism' or 'DIY Global Repairs'; but requires a legislative framework for rationing and regulating carbon emissions ". Launching Operation Noah's new website and responding to recent floods in north-east England, in Pakistan and India, Pettifor said: "The suffering of those living in the north of England, and those in Pakistan and India as floods devastate lives and livelihoods, are but more examples of extreme weather events exacerbated by global warming. "Operation Noah backs Bishop James Jones's recent suggestion that one of the consequences of society's 'profligacy' is climate change. Global warming is fuelled by our profligate use of fossil fuels; and by a belief in endless economic growth and limitless consumption. "Ultimately global warming is fuelled by our worship of the god of money at the temples we have built to consumption - today's shopping malls. We are building up debts so that we may live beyond our means, and borrowing from the future so that we may indulge ourselves today. "But things do not have to be this way. We can cut the shopping chains that bind us, and we can avert the worst consequences of global warming. "Well documented research by the new economics foundation has shown that having more, or aspiring to more, makes us less happy, not more happy. "Focused leadership, public education and a sense of common cause can help us transform attitudes, change behaviour, avert the crisis of climate change ≠ and improve well-being. "Faith communities in particular can help change society's attitudes, values and lifestyles, and place pressure on politicians to transform both our economy and society. We know from the Jubilee 2000 campaign, that faith communities can play a pivotal role in changing the world. "Operation Noah's supporters have come together in hope, to campaign for the happiness and well-being that comes from living, not as isolated consumers, but in community: the deep satisfaction that comes from living simpler, more harmonious lifestyles within the limits of our ecosystem. Lifestyles that protect God's creation, increase happiness and community cohesion, and promote social justice. For more information see:
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