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Desmond Tutu: 'We've a duty to fight climate change'

On the UN Climate Summit, Desmond Tutu has said that we all have a "duty to persuade our leaders to lead us in a new direction"

Desmond Tutu. Credit: Zak Hussein/PA Wire/Press Association Images

As responsible citizens of the world – sisters and brothers of one family, the human family, God's family – we have a duty to persuade our leaders to lead us in a new direction: to help us abandon our collective addiction to fossil fuels, starting this week in New York at the United Nations Climate Summit.

The most devastating effects of climate change – deadly storms, heat waves, droughts, rising food prices and the advent of climate refugees – are being visited on the world's poor.

Those who have no involvement in creating the problem are the most affected, while those with the capacity to arrest the slide dither. Africans, who emit far less carbon than the people of any other continent, will pay the steepest price. It is a deep injustice.

– Desmond Tutu

The Archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and a Nobel peace laureate was writing in the Observer.

PM, Tutu and Harry lead Mandela memorial service

David Cameron, anti-apartheid leader Desmond Tutu and Prince Harry have a led a memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela.

Prince Harry shakes hands with Desmond Tutu at the Westminster Abbey service for Nelson Mandela. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Harry, who was representing the Queen, was joined by senior politicians including the Prime Minister and Labour leader Ed Miliband at a Westminster Abbey service celebrating the life of Mandela, who died on December 5 aged 95-years-old.

Nearly 2,000 people attended the service which featured South African singing and drumming and an address to the congregation by the country's deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

The Most Rev Tutu, the former Archbishop of Cape Town, also made a speech and thanked the "splendid" and "amazing" anti-apartheid campaigners for their efforts in changing the "moral climate" over apartheid.

He said: "What would have happened had Mandela died in prison as was the intention and hope of the upholders of apartheid. I suppose most would have regarded him as no better than a terrorist - after all, persons in high positions in Britain and the US did dismiss him as such."


Archbishop Desmond Tutu wraps up memorial service

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is giving a blessing to bring the memorial service to a close.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

He begins: "I stand here as an old man and I want to remind you that we got to this point because we were disciplined. So I am not going to give you a blessing until all of you stand."

"I want to hear a pin drop," he exhorts, before looking all around him to check that everyone is standing.

"You must show the world that we are disciplined," he says.

Twitter 'sorry' after blocking Desmond Tutu foundation

Twitter has reportedly apologised after suspending official the account of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during a 'spam clear-up.'

The account was only started overnight and within hours had been suspended.

The Foundation has said that Twitter had apologised for the mistake and the account is now working again:

Desmond Tutu in hospital for treatment for infection

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Credit: Benny Gool

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 81, has been admitted to a hospital in South Africa for treatment and tests related to an ongoing infection.

"Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has checked into a Cape Town hospital for the treatment of a persistent infection and to undergo tests to discover the underlying cause.

"He was in good spirits and full of praise for the care he receives from an exceptional team of doctors. The non-surgical treatment is expected to take five days," his foundation said in a statement.


Archbishop Desmond Tutu wins Templeton prize

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been awarded a £1.1 million prize for "affirming life's spiritual dimension".

The 81-year-old landed the 2013 Templeton Prize for his lifelong work in advancing spiritual principles such as love and forgiveness which have helped to liberate people around the world, organisers said.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Credit: Press Assocation

The former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town said: "When you are in a crowd and you stand out from the crowd it's usually because you are being carried on the shoulders of others.

"I want to acknowledge all the wonderful people who accepted me as their leader at home and so to accept this prize in a representative capacity."

The Templeton Prize has been the world's largest annual monetary award given to an individual for the past 40 years.

IF: The G8 could 'turn the tide' on hunger

One of the biggest campaigns in a decade to end world hunger is being launched today, by a hundred charities across the UK.

Talking about the IF campaign to ITV Daybreak, Brendan Cox explained how previous campaigns have made amazing progress, but the one area that does need work is hunger.

He said the world's food supply needs to be redistributed and the G8 could be the moment the UK 'turns the tide' on this.

Biggest hunger campaign in almost a decade

A campaign to end world hunger and poverty is being backed by charities and celebrities across the UK.

The 'Enough Food For Everyone If' appeal is the biggest attempt in almost a decade to try and end world hunger.

Celebrities such as pop band One Direction, Actor Orlando Bloom and Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky have appeared in an advert about the campaign.

IF: 'We need a concerted effort from governments'

Multi charity coalition IF claims that tackling the 'corporation tax gap' by multinational companies could help developing countries to raise enough revenue every day to save the lives of 230 children under five.

We should be proud of the great strides we are taking as a world to reduce poverty and tackle infectious diseases, but it is still the reality that more people die each year from hunger than from Aids, malaria and TB combined.

In a world where there is enough food for everyone, this is nothing short of a scandal.

We need a concerted effort from governments, civil society and philanthropists to tackle the root causes of this problem and together build a world where no child has to go hungry.

– Ben Jackson, chairman of the IF coalition
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