I was busy reading the Hansard scripts of the House of Lords in bed last night and I came across some news about Tearfund’s Carbon Fast and the Church’s role in society for cutting the UK’s emissions.
Asked By The Lord Bishop of Liverpool
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they will table at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun.
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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Marland): My Lords, the Government are committed to working for an ambitious global deal to tackle climate change. At Cancun, we want to see substantive progress made on a politically balanced package of decisions that help to re-establish momentum towards that goal.
The Lord Bishop of Liverpool: I thank the Minister for that encouraging Answer. At Copenhagen there was an international agreement to set up a fund to assist the developing countries to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate. Can the Minister confirm that Her Majesty’s Government will honour that commitment? If so, will they at Cancun encourage other nations not to renege on their commitments?
Lord Marland: I thank the right reverend Prelate for his question. I also thank him for the work that he has done with the Tearfund and Carbon Fast, and for the leadership that the Church of England has shown with Shrinking the Footprint, which will produce a 42 per cent reduction in its carbon emissions by 2020. The leadership by all Churches is very important to this subject. I am rather delaying the great opportunity that the right reverend Prelate has given me: to be able to announce that the pledge made by the Labour Government to fast start finance of £1.5 billion between 2010 and 2013 is, I am happy to say, now a reality.
I think that’s pretty exciting…the Church has an opportunity to speak out on behalf of poor people around the world who are already being affected by the impacts of climate change and can speak into our carbon hungry lifestyles .
Carbon Fast is an initiative organised by Tearfund to help Christians to give up carbon during Lent. Running again between 9 March and 23 April 2011 Carbon Fast aims to help lighten our global neighbours’ load and care for God’s creation with a carbon detox.
For more information visit http://www.tearfund.org/Campaigning/Carbon+Fast.htm