U.N. head looks to religions for ‘moral leadership’ on climate change

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April 28, 2015

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses an April 28 summit on the moral dimensions of climate change and its impact on the poor. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See VATICAN-CLIMATE April 28, 2015.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses an April 28 summit on the moral dimensions of climate change and its impact on the poor. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Promoting sustainable development and mitigating climate change will take more than just global policies and agreements, it will also take a strong, unified stance from the world’s religions, the secretary-general of the United Nations said at the Vatican.

To have development without destruction and “to transform our economies, however, we must first transform our thinking, and our values. In this, the world’s religions can provide valuable leadership,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told religious leaders, scientists and scholars.

“If ever there were an issue that requires unity of purpose” among governments, private businesses, civil society and faith-based groups, “it is climate change,” he said, giving the opening address at a Vatican-sponsored workshop April 28.

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