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Holy Roller Number 10

Last Friday morning saw beleaguered Prime Minister Gordon Brown receiving a special delivery from a climate-concerned clergy courier service. 

The group of Christian leaders from across England, delivered the petition of over 10,000 signatures to Number 10 Downing St. by bike on behalf of Stop Climate Chaos Coalition member, Tearfund.

Minister of Hare Hills Lane Baptist Church, Graham Dodds, said, "Climate change causes the poorest people to suffer and the longer we wait the more suffering there will be."

With just over a week until the G8 summit in Japan, where climate change and food shortages will be discussed, the church leaders called on the Government to pave the way for other nations to get tougher on carbon cuts, by strengthening the Climate Change Bill.

"That means a target of 80% cut in emissions by 2050, including the UK's share of the international aviation and shipping industries." said Ben Niblett, Tearfund's Campaigns Manager. "These petitions represent a strong groundswell from the church in the UK that the Climate Change Bill must be tougher."

Rev Michael Perry, Vicar of Queen Camel Parish in Somerset, added, "As Christians we need to live in harmony with creation. Climate change is going to profoundly affect our society and we need to be aware of just how profoundly it will affect us."

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published: 30 June 2008