Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and other faith leaders are urging the UK Government to use its influence to secure a new legally-binding global deal on climate change.

Representatives from the Muslim, Jewish and Sikh communities have joined with Christian denominations, including the Church of England, the Catholic Church in England and Wales, the Methodist Conference and other churches and faiths to sign a declaration calling for urgent action on climate change.

The move comes in the months before key United Nations talks in Paris in December which aim to secure a new international agreement on tackling rising global temperatures, as the pressure is ramped up on governments to act.

In the new Lambeth Declaration, Archbishop Welby, the Archbishop of York and other faith leaders pledge to fast and pray for success of the negotiations, and urge their communities to recognise the urgent need to make the move to a low carbon economy.

It follows the original declaration hosted by the then Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and hosted by faith leaders in 2009 ahead of the Copenhagen climate summit, which failed to secure a comprehensive deal on tackling climate change.

The declaration says: "As leaders of the faith communities we recognise the urgent need for action on climate change.

"From the perspective of our different faiths we see the Earth as a beautiful gift. We are all called to care for the Earth and have a responsibility to live creatively and sustainably in a world of finite resources."

It goes on to warn that climate change is already disproportionately affecting the world's poorest people.

And it says that the "demands of justice as well as creation" urgently requires countries to take action to prevent temperature rises of more than 2C - seen as the threshold beyond which dangerous climate change is expected.

The declaration calls on faith communities to recognise the urgency of switching to a clean economy, to encourage and pray for those working to address the crisis, and to work to reduce the impacts of a warming world on its poorest communities.

It also urges faith communities to live and work together sustainably and to redouble efforts to reduce emissions that result from institutional and individual activities.

The declaration also says: "As representatives of the vast numbers of people of faith across the globe, we urge our Government to use their influence to achieve a legally-binding commitment at the international Climate Change talks in Paris, and with the continuing programme beyond.

"Through our various traditions we bring our prayers for the success of the negotiations."

The declaration is being launched by the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, the Church of England's lead bishop on the environment, to mark a day of lobbying of Parliament on climate change.

Bishop Holtam said: "The impact of climate change is something about which all people of faith are concerned. We need to work together in order to find our responses to some of the most significant moral issues facing the world.

"Along with many Christians, I am glad to be part of Wednesday's climate change lobby at Westminster. We want to encourage our politicians to keep Britain committed to taking a global lead on climate change."

The lobby is taking place before the pope publishes his widely anticipated encyclical on the environment on Thursday, a draft version of which has been leaked to an Italian news magazine.