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December 2008A Call for Climate JusticeWe, Catholic Bishops from the south and the north, address theworld’s leaders as they prepare for the United Nations ClimateSummits in Poznan and Copenhagen that will be decisive for thelives and livelihoods of all humanity.We are deeply concerned by the disproportionate impact human-induced climate change is having on poor and vulnerable peopleliving in developing countries. Poor communities in developingcountries are subject to the harshest effects of climate change,though they have done least to cause it.We, and the faithful in our communities, including millions of men,women and children from diverse cultures around the world, standin profound solidarity with our global sisters and brothers.It is our moral obligation to take urgent action to tackleclimate change and to do so in support of those mostaffected.We call on you to achieve a strong, binding and just globalclimate agreement to ensure the survival and wellbeing of allGod’s children.As a matter of equity and responsibility, those who have createdthe problem must pay for the solution. Economically developednations have a moral obligation to tackle climate change becauseof their disproportionate consumption of natural resources.Climate change is a reality today, affecting the lives and livelihoodsof millions in developing countries by exacerbating storms,droughts and natural disasters. It is imperative that these countriesreceive the economic and technical assistance they need to adaptto climate change and ensure better lives and livelihoods for theirpeople.
We believe that we have a responsibility to exercise stewardshipover the earth and its creatures. We are commanded to love ourneighbours and to protect and care for life. Each of us hasresponsibility to promote and to protect the common good, and tohold our governments to account for their actions in accordancewith this.Climate Change is an issue of social justice, and must be met insolidarity by stretching our collective perspective beyond thelimitations of short-term interests, to one that protects andpromotes the common good of all. This is why we stand behind thejoint CIDSE and Caritas Internationalis campaign for climatejustice, which brings together more than 170 Catholicorganisations calling for global solidarity in tackling the causes andeffects of climate change.Pope John Paul II reminded us that ‘People are realising that theyare linked together by a common destiny, which is to beconstructed together, if catastrophe for all is to be avoided’.Today, more than ever, we must take his words to heart and tackleclimate change as one international family, to ensure our andfuture generations’ wellbeing and survival.Signatories Archbishop Fernand FRANCKRodolfo Cardinal QUEZADA Toruño Archbishop of LuxembourgArchbishop of Guatemala Archbishop Damião AntónioJoseph Cardinal ZEN Ze-kiun, FRANKLINS.D.B. Archbishop of Luanda and President of theBishop of Hong Kong, China Bishops Conference of Angola- and Sao ToméArchbishop John Atcherley DEWArchbishop of Wellington, New Zealand Archbishop Roberto Octavio GONZÁLEZ Nieves, O.F.M.Archbishop Pedro Ricardo Archbishop of San Juan de Puerto RicoBARRETO Jimeno S.J.Archbishop of Huancayo and President of Archbishop Felix Alaba Adeosinthe Episcopal Commission for SocialAction (CEAS), Peru JOB Archbishop of Ibadan, President Catholic Bishops Conference of NigeriaArchbishop Jorge FERREIRA daCosta Ortiga Archbishop Matthew Man-osoArchbishop of Braga and President of theBishops Conference of Portugal NDAGOSO Archbishop of Kaduna, Nigeria
Archbishop Matthias NGARTÉRI Bishop Elías Samuel BOLAÑOSMayadi Avelar, S.D.B.Archbishop of N’Djaména, Chad Bishop of Zacatecoluca, El SalvadorArchbishop Antoine NTALOU Bishop Julio César BONINO BoninoArchbishop of Garoua, Cameroun Bishop of Tacuarembo and President of the Social Department of the BishopsArchbishop Berhaneyesus Conference, UruguayDemerew SOURAPHIEL C.M.Archbishop of Addis Abeba and President Jean-Claude BOUCHARD O.M.Iof the Catholic Bishops Conference of Bishop of Pala, President of the EpiscopalEthiopia Conference of ChadArchbishop Andrés STANOVNIK Bishop Virginio DomingoO.F.M Cap. BRESSANELLI S.C.I.Archbishop of Corrientes, Argentina Bishop of Comodoro Rivadavia, ArgentinaArchbishop Joseph Edra UKPO Bishop Oscar Mario BROWNArchbishop of Calabar, Chairman, JiménezJDP/Caritas Nigeria Bishop of Santiago de Veraguas, PanamaArchbishop Oscar Julio VIAN Bishop Denis George BROWNEMorales, S.D.B. Bishop of Hamilton in New ZealandArchbishop of Los Altos Quetzaltenango-Totonicapán, Guatemala Bishop Julio Edgar CABRERA OvalleBishop Mgr. Adrianus Herman VAN Bishop of Jalapa, GuatemalaLUYNBishop of Rotterdam and Interim Bishop Rodrigo Orlando CABRERAChairman on behalf of the Dutch Bishops CuéllarConference, The Netherlands Bishop of Santiago de María, El SalvadorBishop Darwin Rudy ANDINO Bishop Roberto CAMILLERIRamírez, C.R.S. Azzopardi, O.F.M.Auxiliary Bishop of Tegucigalpa, Titular Bishop of Comayagua, HondurasBishop of Horta, Honduras Bishop Alberto CAMPOS HernándezBishop Abdo ARBACH B.C. O.F.M.Exarch of Argentina, Faithful of the Vicar Apostolic of San José de Amazonas,Oriental Rite (Melkite), Titular Bishop of Titular Bishop of Vicus Augusti, PeruPalmyra dei Greco-Melkiti, Argentina Bishop António José CAVACOBishop José Luis AZUAJE Ayala, CarrilhoBishop of El Vigia-San Carlos de Zulia and Bishop of Funchal, PortugalPresident of Caritas Venezuela Bishop Emiliano AntonioBishop Fernando María BARGALLÓ CISNEROS Martínez, O.A.R.Bishop of Merlo-Moreno, Argentina and Bishop of Chachapoyas, PeruPresident of Caritas Latin America and theCaribbean (SELACC) Bishop Peter James CULLINANE Bishop of Palmerston North, New ZealandBishop Domenico BERNI LeonardiO.S.A. Bishop George DODOPrelate of Chuquibambilla, Peru Bishop of ZariaBishop Jesús Tirso BLANCO S.D.B. Bishop Paul Francis DUFFY O.M.I.Bishop of Lwena, Angola Bishop of Mongu, Zambia
Bishop Ramon Alfredo DUS Bishop Czeslaw KOZONBishop of Reconquista, Argentina Bishop of Copenhagen, DenmarkBishop Joseph Effiong EKUWEM Bishop Aurelio José KÜHNBishop of Uyo Hergenreder, O.F.M. Bishop of Deán Funes, Cordoba,Bishop Rómulo EMILIANI Sánchez, ArgentinaC.M.F.Auxiliary Bishop of San Pedro Sula, Titular Bishop Declan Ronan LANGBishop of Nigrae Maiores, Honduras Bishop of Clifton, EnglandBishop Oscar Gerardo FERNÁNDEZ Bishop Robin Walsh LEAMY S.M.Guillén Auxiliary Bishop of Auckland, NewBishop of Puntarenas, Costa Rica Zealand, Emeritus Bishop of Rarotonga, Cook IslandsBishop Ivo FÜRERBishop Emeritus of Sankt Gallen and Bishop Guillermo LORÍA GaritaPresident of Fastenopfer, Switzerland Bishop of San Isidro de El General, Costa RicaBishop Jean-Louis GIASSON,P.M.E. Bishop Jorge Eduardo LOZANOBishop of Yoro, Honduras Bishop of Gualeguaychú, ArgentinaBishop Theotonius GOMES C.S.C. Bishop José Adolfo MOJICAAuxiliary Bishop of Dhaka, Titular Bishop Moralesof Zucchabar, Bangladesh Bishop of Sonsonate, El SalvadorBishop Pedro Joaquin HERNÁNDEZ Bishop Nestor Hugo NAVARROCantarero, C.M.F. Bishop of Alto Valle del Rio Negro,Vicar Apostolic of Darién, Titular Bishop of ArgentinaThabraca, Panama Bishop Santiago OLIVERABishop Luigi INFANTI della Mora, Bishop of Cruz del Eje, ArgentinaO.S.M.Bishop of Aysén, Chile Bishop Marcelino PALENTINI S.C.I. Bishop of Jujuy, ArgentinaBishop Miguel IRIZAR Campos C.P.Bishop of Callao and President of Caritas Bishop Lino PANIZZA RicheroPeru O.F.M. Cap., Bishop of Carabayllo and GeneralBishop Barry Philip JONES Secretary of the Episcopal Conference ofBishop of Christchurch, New Zealand PeruBishop Aloysius JOUSTEN Bishop Maurice PIATBishop of Liège, Refendary of Caritas C.S.Sp., Bishop of Port-Louis, MauritiusBelgium, Belgium Bishop Juan José PINEDABishop John KIRBY Fasquelle, C.M.F.Bishop of Clonfert, Chairman of Trócaire, Auxiliary Bishop of Tegucigalpa, TitularIreland Bishop of Obori, HondurasBishop Kurt KOCH Bishop Guido PLANTE, P.M.E.Bishop of Basel and President of the Bishop of Choluteca, HondurasSwiss Bishops Conference, Switzerland Bishop Jaime PRIETO Amaya,Father Joseph KOERBER C.S.Sp. Bishop of Cúcuta, President of the SocialPrésident of Caritas Gabon, Prefect of Department of the Bishops Conference,Makokou, Gabon Colombia
Bishop Gaspar QUINTANA Jorquera Bishop Jorge SOLÓRZANO PérezC.M.F Bishop of Matagalpa, NicaraguaBishop of Copiapó, Chile Bishop John TONG HONBishop Alvaro Leonel RAMAZZINI Coadjutor Bishop of Hong KongImeriBishop of San Marcos, Guatemala Bishop Lucius Iwejuru UGORJI Bishop of Umuahia, Secretary CatholicBishop John RAWSTHORNE Bishops Conference of NigeriaBishop of Hallam, England Bishop Adolfo Armando URIONABishop Guillermo RODRÍGUEZ F.D.P.Melgarejo Bishop of Añatuya, ArgentinaBishop of San Martín, Argentina Mons. Luiz Demétrio VALENTINIBishop Juan Carlos ROMANIN Bishop of Jales, Sao Paulo and PresidentS.D.B, of Caritas BrazilBishop of Rio Gallegos, Argentina Bishop Rodolfo VALENZUELABishop Pedro Luis RONCHINO NÚÑEZS.D.B. Bishop of Verapaz, Cobán, GuatemalaBishop Emeritus of Comodoro Rivadavia,Argentina Bishop Roger Joseph VANGHELUWEBishop Michele RUSSO M.C.C.I. Bishop of Brugge, referendary ofBishop of Doba, Chad Broederlijk Delen and Caritas Belgium in the Belgian Bishops Conference, BelgiumBishop Bernabé de JesúsSAGASTUME Lemus, O.F.M. Cap. Bishop Pablo VARELA ServerBishop of Santa Rosa de Lima, Guatemala Auxiliary Bishop of Panama and President of Caritas PanamaBishop Rémi Joseph GustaveSAINTE-MARIE M.Afr. Bishop Juan Carlos VERABishop of Lilongwe and Chairman of PlasenciaCADECOM, Malawi M.S.C., Prelate of Caravelí, PeruBishop Luis Alfonso SANTOS Mons. Juan Luis YSERN de ArceVilleda, S.D.B. Bishop Emeritus of San Carlos de AncudBishop of Santa Rosa de Copán, and President of Caritas ChileHonduras Bishop Gabino ZAVALABishop Dr. Ludwig SCHWARZ Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, California, Titular Bishop of Tamascani,S.D.B. President of Pax Christi USABishop of Linz, President of theCoordination office of the AustrianEpiscopal Conference for Development, Bishop Joseph Mukasa ZUZAand President of Justice and Peace Bishop of Mzuzu, MalawiAustria Fr Hector Fabio HENAO,Bishop Miguel Angel SEBASTIÁN Director of the Social Department of the Bishops Conference, Director of CaritasMartínez M.C.C.I. ColombiaBishop of Lai, ChadBishop Boniface TshosaSETLALEKGOSIBishop of Gaborone, Botswana