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In the lead up to the Federal Election, the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) has embarked on a multi-faith campaign aimed at moving the nation ‘beyond fossil fuels’.

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The campaign, which also protests Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland, was highlighted at St Margaret Mary’s Church in Croydon Park in the form of a banner that went on display just before Easter.

Mercy Sister Catherine Seward organised for the banner to be made as her way of drawing attention to the need for an interfaith approach to climate change. On show along busy Torrens Road, the banner features a quote from Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato
– ‘fossil fuels, especially coal, need to be replaced’.

“The Mercy Sisters are behind this campaign very strongly,” Sr Catherine said.

She hoped the banner would serve to raise awareness among parishioners of the community’s need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and instead look to using renewable energy.

Proclaiming the campaign ‘compassion in action’, ARRCC said as the world’s largest coal exporter Australia has a “special responsibility” to move the country away from coal “as quickly as possible”.

“People of faith care deeply about the need to move to clean energy and reject the dirty fossil fuels of the past. We know we need to wake up to the crisis of climate change. We need to take bold action,” the organisation said.

“We also have an opportunity: the upcoming Federal Election. There is a real chance to make this an election about climate change and into a referendum on coal.”



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