Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby attends a special service at the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) St. Stephen's Cathedral along Jogoo road in Nairobi, Kenya January 26, 2020

Church of England leader apologizes for comparing climate change to rise of Nazis

Speaking at Glasgow climate change summit, spiritual leader says sorry for offense caused to Jews by his comments after saying climate inaction 'will allow a genocide on an infinitely greater scale'

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Published: 11.01.21, 22:50
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby apologized on Monday after saying world leaders who fail to act on climate change could be making a bigger mistake than their predecessors who ignored warnings about the rise of the Nazis.
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  • Welby, the spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion of about 85 million Christians, speaking at the start of the climate change summit in Scotland said he was sorry for the offense caused to Jews by his comments.
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    Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby attends a special service at the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) St. Stephen's Cathedral along Jogoo road in Nairobi, Kenya January 26, 2020
    Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby attends a special service at the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) St. Stephen's Cathedral along Jogoo road in Nairobi, Kenya January 26, 2020
    Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby attends a special service at the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) St. Stephen's Cathedral along Jogoo road in Nairobi, Kenya January 26, 2020
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    "I unequivocally apologise for the words I used when trying to emphasise the gravity of the situation facing us at COP26," Welby said on Twitter. "It's never right to make comparisons with the atrocities brought by the Nazis."
    The UN summit critical to averting the most disastrous effects of climate change opened on Monday, with world leaders, environmental experts and activists pleading for decisive action to halt global warming.
    Welby earlier told the BBC world leaders will be "cursed" if they fail to reach an agreement on climate change.
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    : A sign directs delegates to the city centre ahead of the COP26
    : A sign directs delegates to the city centre ahead of the COP26
    A sign directs delegates to central Glasgow ahead of the COP26
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    "People will speak of them in far stronger terms than we speak ... of the politicians who ignored what was happening in Nazi Germany because this will kill people all around the world for generations," he said.
    "It will allow a genocide on an infinitely greater scale. I'm not sure there's grades of genocide, but there's width of genocide, and this will be genocide indirectly, by negligence, recklessness."
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