Leaders from around the world gathered in Dubai to discuss the problems caused by climate change and how to deal with it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also reached the Conference of Parties i.e. COP28. A very special appeal is made here. Religious leaders have made this appeal. The Grand Imam of Dubai, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, and the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, have expressed their support for climate action and signed a declaration.
Video messages from Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, were also broadcast during the COP28 meeting. He gave a message to the world to be serious about climate change. The Pope and Grand Imam then signed the Interfaith Statement on Climate Action for COP28, also known as the 'Abu Dhabi Interfaith Statement for COP28'.
Religious organizations will join the climate fight
The 'Abu Dhabi Interfaith Statement for COP28' is designed to advance climate change, inspire humanity and harness the collective influence of religious representatives. “The first Faith Pavilion at COP28 is a place of peace and cooperation for all – it aims to bring together the knowledge of faiths at COP28,” said Justice Mohammed Abdeslam, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders.
Mohammed Abdeslam said the signing of the Abu Dhabi Interfaith Statement for COP28 by representatives of different religions and beliefs emphasizes the need for policymakers to unite religious communities to raise awareness of the climate crisis.
Many religious leaders signed
Faith and spiritual leaders from around the world have also signed the Declaration, prominently Anglican, Baha'i, Bohra, Buddhist, Coptic Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, Evangelical, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Mandaean, Protestant, Roman Catholic, . Shia Muslims, Sikhs and Sunni Muslims have also signed this statement.