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Monday, August 17, 2015

Execlusive: Bishop Tutu demands 100% renewable energy by 2050

The Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town and member, Faiths for Earth Campaign, Most Reverend Desmond Tutu has joined the climate change crusade, demanding from global leaders to set renewable energy target of 100 per cent by 2050, reports NaijaAgroNet.

He also expressed hope on the forthcoming United Nations global meeting on climate change and ability of the likes of President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon to positively respond to this call.

Tutu in a petition already co-signed by over 216,779 as at the time of filing this report, called on the global leaders to “Respond urgently to climate change by setting a renewable energy target of 100 per cent by 2050.”

For him, climate change is one of the greatest moral challenges in this era, because it threatens the health of the planet and people; especially the poorest and most vulnerable. Just as it also threatens children’s future and everything humanity holds dear. 

“It is time for all of us to wake up and take action together; in our local communities, nationally and globally, as well as in our daily lives,” he said.

Bishop Tutu noted as citizens motivated by faith and other moral traditions, to recognize that there is a grave obligation to act on climate change.

“We call on you as leaders to respond urgently to the threats of climate change and set a renewable energy target of 100% by 2050. We need bold action like this to keep global temperature rise below the unacceptably dangerous tipping point of two degrees, to phase out carbon pollution to zero, and to invest resources in sustainable development pathways to build a more flourishing, inclusive and balanced world,” the retired Bishop Tutu declared.

He enjoined the people of faith to embrace the moral responsibility to care for their world and for each other and by seeking to live better and more sustainable lives in greater joy and harmony.

“Let us act now, boldly and together, to build a better life for all,” Bishop Tutu urged.
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