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'The Church has a vital role to play': Christians urged to join world's first virtual lobby on climate change

by Tola Mbakwe

Tearfund has urged Christians to use an upcoming event to have a say about the need for the government to tackle climate change. 

The world's first ever virtual lobby of MPs calling for a more environmentally friendly world will be taking place on 30th June. 

So far more than 11,000 people have signed up and will be calling on MPs and the government to prioritise policies and investment to build a resilient economy that is green and fair, protecting the most vulnerable in the UK and around the world. 

Paul Cook, head of advocacy at Tearfund, said: "The church has a vital role to play in shaping a better future for everyone. This is a great opportunity to speak out and ensure Christians are involved in these conversations about the reboot of our world and economy.

"The world is on course for catastrophic global temperature rises that put our world, the global economy and millions of lives at risk. Every fraction of a degree of warming matters. In this context, the UK is at a turning point. 

"As we build back from the current health crisis, we have the opportunity to rebuild a resilient economy that benefits everyone in society and tackles climate change and nature's decline, creating jobs and protecting the most vulnerable in the UK and around the world. We need to see true climate leadership that provides a vision for a better future." 

The virtual lobby is organised by The Climate Coalition and MPs from all major Westminster parties are expected to take part. It comes a year after thousands of protesters lobbied around Westminster.

New research from Opinium this month revealed 79 per cent of UK adults say climate change is still a very significant issue. Meanwhile, 75 per cent UK adults believe that if the government does not act now to invest in a greener future, we'll go back to normal and the opportunity will be lost. 

Tearfund has called for the UK Government to transition to low-carbon and nature-friendly industries, invest in green jobs and infrastructure and support the most vulnerable at home and overseas. 

The charity also wants debt cancellation fo the world's poorest countries in order build resilience to both the COVID-19 and climate crises. 

Listen to Premier's interview with Paul Cook on 30th June here:

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