U.K. faith leaders issue common declaration ahead of COP26

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Dozens of leaders from the major faiths present in the United Kingdom urged government leaders to take urgent action to address climate change and promised their congregations would do likewise.

The so-called Glasgow Multifaith Declaration was signed and released Sept. 20, looking ahead to the U.N. Climate Change Conference, known as COP26, which will be in Glasgow, Scotland, in early November. The Scottish Catholic Media Office released a copy of the declaration Sept. 22.

Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Jain and Zoroastrian leaders as well as Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists and members of other Protestant communities signed the declaration. The Catholic leaders included Scottish Bishop Brian McGee of Argyll and the Isles, president of the Catholic bishops’ committee for interreligious dialogue, and Notre Dame Sister Isabel Smyth, secretary of the committee, and Bishop John Arnold of Salford, lead bishop for the environment for the Catholic Church in England and Wales.