Faith leaders’ plea to PM

Pictured presenting the letter, from left, are Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black; Thea Ormerod, ARRCC president; Gawaine Powell Davies, Buddhist Council of NSW president; Imam Ahmed Abdo, secretary of Council of Imams NSW; and Sister Libby Rogerson of the Loreto Sisters.

RABBIS from across Australia have joined other faith leaders in an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, protesting against the Adani coal mine.

Quoting predictions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that global thermal coal use must drop by at least 59 per cent in the next 11 years to avoid a 1.5-degree Celsius warming, the signatories, part of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRC) stated, “Australia is the world’s largest coal exporter, so we clearly have a particular moral responsibility to stop developing polluting coal mines.”

The statement asked the PM to stop the Adani mine, commit to no new coal or gas projects, and commit to 100 per cent renewables by 2030.

Joining leaders from other faith communities were Rabbi David Kunin, chair of the Moetzah (Council) of Australian, New Zealand and Asian Rabbis; Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black, the Moetzah’s environmental adviser; and Rabbis Adi Cohen, Allison Conyer, Rafael Kaiserblueth, Jeffrey Kamins, Shoshana Kaminsky, Gersh Lazarow, Fred Morgan, Jacqueline Ninio, Nicole Roberts and Gary Robuck, as well as Orthodox Rabbis Shamir Caplan and Yaron Gottlieb.

PETER KOHN