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For God’s sake, justice: A message to the Parliament of the World’s Religions

August 15, 2023
Originally published by Earthbeat on August 15 by Vanessa Nakate

Between Aug. 14 and 18 this year, the Parliament of the World’s Religions is convening in Chicago, which hosted the first Parliament 130 years ago. The theme this year is “Defending Freedom & Human Rights,” and although I’m not able to attend in person, what could emerge could change the future. Here’s why.

For the last five years, I’ve dedicated my life to raising awareness of how the climate crisis is affecting the people of my country, Uganda, and other nations in Africa and throughout the Global South. My message has been twofold: First, the climate crisis is not a distant possibility; it has arrived. It’s destroying livelihoods and killing people — often those with the fewest resources to combat it, and who bear the least blame for causing it. Secondly, the richest nations must stop investing in fossil fuels, take responsibility for their historic and current wrongs, and support the just and equitable transition that science and morality demand.

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