Anthony Albanese called for the “popular mobilization” of people of faith to fight the climate crisis, calling for a “concern for creation” common to all religious groups.
Addressing the Labor religious leaders ‘climate summit at the University of Western Sydney on Thursday, the PLA leader called for support for the party’s’ sensitive ‘climate policy, arguing the need to’ take care of this precious Earth for our good and the good of our future generations “.
“We need to act against climate change,” Albanese said. “And part of what it’s all about today is getting that popular mobilization from people of faith who understand the connection to creation.”
Highlighting Labor’s climate policy announced last week, which set a target for reducing emissions by 43% by 2030 and a target for renewables in the electricity market of 82%, Albanese said the plan to take care of the planet “also turns out to be a good economy”.
“This is an example of using government as a unifying force for good, and at its heart is the element contained in the teachings of so many times – that the environment cannot be separated from those in it.” live, and that we are responsible for that, ”he said.
He emphasized the principles of environmentalism across religions, highlighting the “ecological” prophet Muhammad for “recycling, planting trees and taking care of the earth”, the Hindu tradition where humanity is not separate from the nature, and a sense of “stewardship” in the creative store of Judaism.
Albanese also quoted Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si, which warned of “unprecedented destruction of ecosystems” and “grave consequences for all of us” if mankind did not act in the face of it. the climate emergency.
“He speaks of the natural environment as a collective good, and he goes on to say that a feeling of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts are lacking in tenderness, compassion and concern. for our fellow human beings, ”said Albanese.
“Across the wide spectrum of faith there are so many lessons leading to one compelling truth – caring for creation and thinking about the most vulnerable in society first are teachings and beliefs that unite every person in this piece. . “
The faith summit comes as Labor seeks to build support for religious Australians ahead of next year’s election as part of a debate within the two mainstreams on the religious discrimination bill brought to parliament during the last two weeks of 2021.
Labor has yet to decide its final position on the bill, but Albanese has indicated it is unlikely to support provisions that could lead to further discrimination against other minority groups.
Two parliamentary inquiries into the bill will take place over the summer and report back by February 4.
Labor Senate Deputy Speaker Kristina Keneally told Christian lobby group FamilyVoice on Monday that she believes religious schools should be free to demand that all staff “live and profess” the values of school.
“What I know from my life and my experiences… it’s an ecosystem, it’s a community of faith and values,” she said, citing her experience as a former Catholic teacher.
“Whether it is the sports coach who leads the prayers before going out on the basketball court, whether it is the head teacher or the teacher who has to accompany the children in the liturgy, whether it is staying after school to help to supervise the sacramental preparation.
Keneally’s comments suggest that she supports schools with a broader scope for discriminatory hiring practices, despite concerns from LGBTQ advocates that such provisions would trump state laws with more limited religious exemptions to the law on discrimination.
Under the proposed legislation, schools would be able to discriminate on the basis of religion in their hiring practices, provided they publish a public policy explaining their ethics.
This goes beyond laws passed in Victoria that limit discrimination in hiring practices to positions where “religious belief is an inherent requirement of the job.”