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Religious leaders in CNY urge using less fossil fuels to combat climate change

Religious leaders across central New York have a message on this Earth Day; everyone needs to cut back on fossil fuels to stop runaway climate change. A statement signed by leaders of a broad spectrum of faiths, from Tibetan Buddhists to Muslims to Christians, urges central New York to start planning a transition away from fossil fuels, now. "Given the dangers represented by the continued burning of fossil fuels to the planet we depend upon for life and the importance of the next ten years in...

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