Thursday, August 7, 2008

Religious leaders call for Pacific climate change action

ABC News Online, Posted 12 minutes ago

Almost 40 religious leaders - including Christians, Muslims and Jews - are calling on the Federal Government to aid countries in the Pacific affected by climate change.

In a letter to the Government, they say funds from the planned emissions trading scheme can be used to assist islands like Samoa and Tonga.

The president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Ikebal Patel, says Australia has a moral responsibility to act because it is the biggest polluter in the region.

"In the Pacific there are people who live from day-to-day, from hand-to-mouth, and any effects of our climate change on them is really a responsibility that we should seriously look at and make sure that we do support them."

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