Tutu and Gore call for renewable energy sources to tackle climate chaos
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has joined global climate campaigner and former US Vice President Al Gore to issue a joint statement condemning the continued investment in fossil fuels.
Issued through the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation the statement says that ‘corporations, governments and institutions that continue to invest in fossil fuels despite all the evidence of their effect on accelerating climate change are furthering environmental, economic and social injustice’.
The pair, both committed activists, worked together on Harvard University’s apartheid divestment campaign in the 1980s.
They met again in Cape Town last week at a moment in history when growing weather extremes were headlining world news as terrifying wildfires raged out of control in an Australia baked dry by drought and blistering summer heat.
The disaster down under offers an example of the price we are paying for the fossil fuels that drive so much of the world’s industrialisation and development. Southern Africa is already a climate hot-spot and warming at twice the global rate.
And there is a widening inequality gap - a climate apartheid —that threatens poorer nations with food and water shortages and untold environmental and economic damage.
Tutu and Gore say that those still intent on investing in fossil fuels have “a moral imperative to stop participating in financing the destruction of human civilisation’s future.” They should be “urgently committing to clear and actionable plans to shift their investments to renewable sources of energy.” Investing in renewable energy systems and research, they say, would provide the necessary impetus to drive down costs and increase demand for clean energy.Posting a picture of the pair on twitter, David Turic, a respected global supporter of humanitarian and charitable organisations, commented: “Two great men meeting yesterday in Cape Town regarding the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation”