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Religious Leaders Preach "Stop Climate Change" in Walk Through MA

March 16, 2007

Leaders of faith and science unite today to fight global warming, and soon they may be coming to a town near you. One thousand people are expected to participate in a nine day, 100-mile walk from Northampton to Boston, that they expect to be the largest global warming rally ever in the U.S. They're calling for an 80 percent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. Reverend Margaret Bulitt-Jonas, from Grace Church in Amherst, says this is a concern for all people, no matter what or how they worship.

"Traditions, in which some ways have such a history of mutual suspicion, can now begin to unite us around this common shared human concern about what are we doing to this planet."

Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, and Christian leaders will participate. The march will end with a rally in Copley Square on the 24th.

Rabbi Justin David, from the Congregation B'nai Israel in Northampton, says strength comes in both numbers and diversity.

"To exert the strongest moral voice, we really need to show that we are collectively responsible, and marshal the wisdom from all of our traditions on this issue."

Frank Gorke, from MASSPIRG, believes a failure to acknowledge the science of climate change is slowing the search for a solution.

"It's unequivocal that we're having an impact, humans are having an impact. It's not really worth debating anymore. The thing to debate now is, how are we going to solve this problem?"

Kevin Clay/David Law, Public News Service - MA