From Mr Phil Kingston
Sir, — A minor misprint in the caption to Christian Climate Action’s protest against the Church of England’s engagement with the fossil-fuel industry (News, 12 May) states that we think that there is not enough time to prevent runaway climate change, implying that there is nothing that can be done.
What we said in our statement was that there was not enough time for engagement (that is, trying to influence the fossil-fuel industry by holding shares in it) to prevent runaway climate change.
The work of Carbon Brief shows that the world has just four years of current fossil-fuel use before we exceed the carbon budget required for the Paris target of 1.5°, and uncontrollable temperature-escalation becomes more likely. There is simply not time for the slow and carefully managed transition for which engagement aims.
Although there are ample reasons to give up on this particular planet, we pray that God has not, and choose to have a hopeful view of the future, which requires such a rapid transition away from fossil fuels that disinvestment and non-violent resistance must play a part.
Even if there is no chance of averting climate chaos, we do not believe it to be within the mission of the Church to profit from the demise of civilised life on earth. Either way, it seems to us that the only moral position for the Church is an immediate commitment to disinvesting from all fossil fuels, and to investing, instead, in clean energy and other sustainable solutions.
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