Sunday, July 21, 2013

Church of Scotland calls for climate justice, not 'fracking freebies'

The Churchof Scotland has criticised the announcement that the UK Government is to introduce tax breaks for the controversial gas-extraction method known as fracking, saying it is a ‘sad day for climate justice.’
Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of the Church's Church and Society Council emphasised that fracking is an undesirable diversion from the challenge of reducing our carbon footprint, saying that investing in green energy solutions would be a better alternative, urging the Government to move away from reliance on a carbon-based economy.
She said: “This is very disappointing news. Instead of embracing a new low carbon future the Chancellor is signalling a return to the old carbon economy, at the expense not only of those people who will be affected by fracking operations in Britain but those around the world who suffer most from the effects of climate change.
“In a country rich in potential renewable energy and with great opportunities to reduce our energy wastage by better home insulation there are many alternatives to fracking.
“The Church of Scotland receives pleas for help from church leaders in countries affected by climate change. Our friends and our neighbours in Tuvalu or Bangladesh or Malawi are asking us for help in the face of rising sea levels and growing climate chaos but the UK government seems to be deaf to their cries. It is a sad day for climate justice.”