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Bishop: 'Earth too wonderful' to remain silent on Trump

They've written an open letter to the Times newspaper saying everyone should realise the dangers and unite to prevent catastrophe.

"We are profoundly dismayed by President Trump's proclaimed intention to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, which was signed by 195 nations, supported by the Pope and leaders of all religions," it says.

"Our respective faiths unite us in the affirmation that all human life is of infinite value and that caring for our planet a sacred responsibility.

"We are answerable to God, each other and our children's children for the wellbeing of the Earth."

The lead signatory on the letter, the Bishop of Salisbury Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam, has told Premier tackling climate change is a major undertaking but everyone needs to stick together for the good of all.

"There's a moral and there's a spiritual dimension to climate change that we're finding it difficult to address. All of the evidence, scientific and economic, points in one direction," he said.

Bishop Nicholas says politicians have signed themselves up to the accord and faith communities are following suit in a bid to make it happen.

"What's really important is that there's a consensus about it. Not just between Christians - of different kinds - Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, different sorts of reformed, independent. We're all pretty much aligned. There's a strength of feeling about it.

"This is a letter that comes from people who Anglican and Roman Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim. It's really important that people understand we are as one on this."

He also says that we have no choice but to do much more to protect our home.

"This is about the care of our common home. There isn't another planet we can work and live on. This is it and we need to do what God calls us to do for steward and care for creation.

The letter also signed by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenburg, among others.

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