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Caritas, Catholic Relief Services call for end of fossil fuel extraction by 2050

December 07, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, joined 13 other Catholic organizations in calling for an end to fossil fuel extraction by 2050, according to the National Catholic Reporter.

“One thing is clear: To have a decent chance of holding to the 1.5 °C limit, fossil fuel extraction must begin to decline immediately, phase down rapidly in the coming decades, and cease worldwide by 2050,” the signatories of the letter said in a letter to Sultan al-Jaber, president of COP28, the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Caritas member agencies that signed the letter include Catholic Relief Services (US), CAFOD (England and Wales), SCIAF (Scotland), and Misereor (Germany).

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Dec. 07, 2023 12:16 PM ET USA

    Fantasy. Modern conveniences, such as house, car, clothing, packaging, are made from products of "fossil fuel extraction". If there is a significant anthropogenic contribution to the current trend of global warming, then action should be taken to reduce this contribution, assuming that warmer temperatures are bad for humanity. Wider use of century-old technologies and newer technologies can resolve this problem without the need for draconian restrictions on transportation, power generation, etc.