This is the message of AACC General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Fidon on the international Day of Peace for this year 2019.
"The world is focusing on the theme: Climate Action for Peace. SDG 13: Climate Action.
There is no country that is not experiencing the drastic effects of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions are more than 50 percent higher than in 1990. Global warming is causing long lasting changes to our climate system, which threatens irreversible consequences if we do not act.
The annual average economic losses from climate-related disasters are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. This is not to mention the human impact of geophysical disasters, which are 91 percent climate-related, and which between 1998 and 2017 killed 1.3 million people and left 4.4 billion injured.
In Africa we suffer a lot from the effects of climate change, even though we do not cause most of it. However, we are not only victims. We are also part of the problem; we also contribute to causing climate change.
AACC has identified climate change as one of the key areas we must continue working on. We see how the dignity of African people is impacted by negative effects of Climate change. One of the effects is how climate change causes conflict: from fighting for firewood and water, to conflicts between pastoralists and farmers, and to migration forced by climate change lead into many aspects of conflicts in this continent.
The bible says in 1 peter 3:10 and 11:
"Those who desire life and desire to see good days,...let them turn away from eveil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it" And one of the main ways to o that is through Climate Action, also for this year."
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