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14 Dec 2009 08:12:05

Archbishop of Canterbury voices climate change fears



Archbishop of Canterbury voices climate change fears
Politicians in Copenhagen are facing fresh pressure to step up their efforts in the battle against climate change from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Dr Rowan Williams has accused world leaders of allowing fear to prevent them from introducing tougher measures to reduce carbon emissions, the Guardian reported.

He said: "We are afraid because we don't know how we can survive without the comforts of our existing lifestyle. We are afraid that new policies will be unpopular with a national electorate.

"We are afraid that younger and more vigorous economies will take advantage of us – or we are afraid that older, historically dominant economies will use the excuse of ecological responsibility to deny us our proper and just development."

Dr Williams made the accusations while preaching at the Danish capital's Lutheran cathedral as the UN climate change conference continues to unfold.

Joined by religious leaders from Tuvalu, Zambia, Mexico and Greenland, the archbishop called on world leaders to place more trust in each other.

Talks are set to conclude at the end of the week.

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