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Renew Our World Open Letter

Open Letter to World Leaders

Christian leaders from across the world are uniting to support the Renew Our World campaign and mobilise the global church to stand up for justice in a changing climate.

Archbishops, Christian authors, musicians, scientists and many others have signed an open letter, urging national governments to keep the promises they made in the Paris Agreement and to use the COP23 global climate talks to turn the Agreement into stronger action on climate change.

The changing climate is causing great damage to people and planet right now, and we are particularly concerned about hunger and poverty hitting the most vulnerable communities, who did least to cause it.

The Open Letter will be presented to national government representatives in Bonn on Saturday 11 November.

The letter reads:


To world leaders:

As Christians across the globe we are calling for action on climate change. The changing climate is causing great damage to people and planet right now, and we are particularly concerned about hunger and poverty hitting the most vulnerable communities, who did least to cause it.

We urge each nation’s leaders to keep the promises they made in the Paris Agreement, to restore the natural balance.

Please use the COP23 global climate talks in Bonn, Germany this November, for each country to make significant progress to:

  • Set targets for the world to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions fast enough to limit global warming to the safe level of 1.5 degrees.
  • Invest in 100% clean energy, particularly using local grids so it reaches those in poverty beyond the reach of national electricity grids.
  • Support more sustainable, low emission agriculture, to stop communities going hungry, and help them cope better with more floods and droughts caused by climate change.
  • Publish national country plans in 2020 showing how each nation will move to zero emissions.

Please follow up at the COP24 climate talks in November 2018, in Poland.


This is our generation’s challenge, a significant part of how we love our neighbours.

We’re committing to respond as Christians by living more sustainably, praying, and raising our voices; we’re asking every member of the church – the world’s largest network – to join in, alongside many others, and every national leader to lead the way.

Renew Our World Open Letter



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