The Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness is one of many faith organizations signing on to a call that governments urgently commence negotiations to develop and implement a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. Denominational staff attending COP 28 in Dubai will include mission-coworkers and staff for the Office of Public Witness and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Together, faith communities are seeking better paths forward to a clean, safe, and healthy future.
As part of this declaration that we must enter into an international and binding Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, the faith leaders letter states:
We hail from many faiths and beliefs, but together we can remedy the decades of negligence to safeguard our coexistence with this earth. Just as our beliefs are entrenched in religious and spiritual teachings, our response to the climate crisis must be deeply rooted in science and equity to heal the planet and people alike.
We have a narrow window of opportunity to act which is why we are joining the growing chorus of Indigenous Peoples, civil society leaders, youth, cities, lawmakers, academics, and scientists calling for a global treaty to phase out fossil fuels and support a just transition powered by clean energy and a sustainable future for all.