Secretary-General calls on people of faith for support in climate change battle

13 November 2007

People of faith can help inspire millions of others worldwide to take better care of the planet, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for a concerted global effort against climate change.

In a message delivered on his behalf to the annual United Nations Orthodox Prayer Service in New York, Mr. Ban said slowing or even reversing the existing trends of global warming is “the defining challenge of our ages.”

He added that it was hard to contemplate success in such a challenge without the “input and energy of men and women of faith.

“All of you can help inspire millions of people around the world to become stewards of our planet. You can guide them towards healthier, more sustainable lifestyles. You can encourage them to conserve more, and to want less. And you can reinforce the belief, fundamental to all religions, that we have a sacred obligation to leave the world a better place for those who will follow.”