Dubai (Aletihad): The joint declaration from His Holiness Pope Francis and His Eminence the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb stands as a powerful call for urgent action on climate change. Their unified voices, delivered through video addresses at COP28’s Faith Pavilion, underscore the critical need for collaborative efforts in tackling the climate crisis.
Pope Francis expressed gratitude for the establishment of the Faith Pavilion within the COP conference, emphasizing the importance of alliances that work collectively for the benefit of all. He urged religious representatives to set an example, showcasing sustainable lifestyles and urging global leaders to safeguard our shared home.
Similarly, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar highlighted the significance of the Muslim Council of Elders’ initiatives, particularly the invitation extended to diverse religious figures to sign the Abu Dhabi Interfaith Statement for COP28 and the establishment of the Faith Pavilion. These efforts, he emphasized, offer a crucial platform for religious leaders to amplify their voices in addressing global challenges, especially in protecting our planet from irreversible harm.
Their united call underscores the role of faith-based leaders in advocating for environmental stewardship and underscores the urgency for concerted action to protect the Earth from the growing threats posed by climate change.