COP21 Climate Change Summit - Statement
16 December 2015
- Keep global temperature increases "well below" 2C (3.6F) with a
goal of 1.5C.
- Peak greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible and achieve a
balance between sources and sinks of greenhouse gases in the second
half of this century.
- Review the progress every five years.
- Provide $100 billion a year to developing countries by 2020 to
assist them in reducing greenhouses gases.
President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Steve Wild,
"We are delighted with the historic achievement at the climate
summit in Paris. Our Lord's call to us to be disciples is
often challenging. When God entrusted his creation to our care he
never said that it would be easy. In our churches we recommit
ourselves to tread more lightly on the earth. We pray that we can
work together for the common good remembering that we are called to
be reconciled to God and to one another in love."
Vice President of the Methodist Conference, Dr Jill Barber,
"In the past few years the government's implementation of a
feed-in tariff for solar panels has led to the installation of at
least 70 solar panel systems on Methodist churches as well as the
District manse in which I live! This demonstrates how sensible
public policy can inspire individual and community action. Yet the
government now proposes to cancel a scheme that has been successful
in unlocking capital and engaging commitment on the part of
householders and local community groups. The agreement in Paris
suggests that we need more collaboration between Government,
individuals and communities around climate change, not less."
Steve Hucklesby, Policy Adviser for the Joint Public Issues Team
and specialist on climate change, commented:
"In the light of the achievement in Paris the UK
Government's proposed cuts to incentives for investment in
renewables need to be reconsidered. We cannot simply replace the
burning of coal with gas. In the past our Churches called for 60%
of our electricity to be generated from renewable energy by 2030.
We need leadership from our government so that we can all see more
clearly the path that our nation must take to a low carbon
You can read Steve's blog regarding the Joint Public
Issues Team, here.