Concluding thought

What emerges from this testimony of broad, diverse, religious communities is a sense that religious organizations are becoming more and more engaged in the quest to halt global warming. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of that development. It is impossible to effectively address climate change without confronting disparities in wealth, power, lifestyles and technologies. Individually and collectively, our choices will profoundly affect the options available to our children and grandchildren.

Technological and economic decisions that seemed rational 50 years ago now appear ethically irresponsible. Every major religious tradition carries an obligation of stewardship. It is appropriate, indeed it is essential, that religious leaders help guide us back toward a more sustainable future.

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