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The world is confronted with urgent challenges. The global impacts of climate change constitute the greatest threat to the future of our planet. The concurrence of climate change, limitation of fossil fuels, climate change induced migration, food crisis, water crisis, energy crisis, biodiversity crisis and the 2008-2009 financial and economic crisis, deepening the debt crisis affecting individuals and states, may be taken as indicators that the whole system of production, consumption, profit maximisation, poverty and ecological destruction prevailing in industrialised countries is running into a deep and open-ended transformation crisis. The concurrence of these crises calls for urgent action. Climate justice should be the guiding principle for these changes.

(Statement of the conference of Poverty, Wealth and Ecology, Budapest, 2010)

 

Climate change has become widely circulated term uniting movements, initiatives and organisations of religious and secular backgrounds. Climate justice is a vision going beyond the limited scope of a response to climate change and requesting a comprehensive approach. Environmental, social and economic policies are deeply interlinked. Climate change, as well as financial and economic crises and manifold challenges in social sphere are signs of a deep seated systemic problem we have to face.  

Relevance of the ethical dimension of the problem has been acknowledged with increasing urgency and by growing number of stakeholders, including political decision makers. Ethical dimension of Climate Change is since 2004 on the programme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (10th COP in Buenos Aires).

Growing number of churches and ecumenical organisations in Europe and all over the world contribute trough their efforts in seeking an adequate response to the challenge.

CSC/CEC offers a platform for a dialogue among churches and ecumenical organisation in Europe with hope that it may help to develop a coordinated action.

You are invited to contribute to following overview and to the churches’ discussion on climate justice through your input.

For more information please contact Rev. Dr. Peter Pavlovic

 

CSC: Wealth, Poverty and Ecology in Europe

The conference on Welath, Poverty and Ecology in Europe has been helpd in Novemebr 2010 in Budapest. The Call for Climate Justice is the main statement of the conference.

The Call for Climate Justice can be downloaded here.

The Proceedings of the conference can be downloaded here.


WCC - Care for creation: climate justice now! 

When creation is threatened, churches and Christians are called to speak out and act as an expression of their commitment to life, justice and love.


Evangelical Church in Westphalia – Climate Platform - German

Care for future generations and economy servicing the life depend on each other. One cannot be played against the other.

 

Church of England: Climate Justice Fund

For the Church the issue of climate change is one of justice as much as economic development and environmental protection. The Climate Justice Fund was set up in 2009 following a General Synod vote in 2008 as a response to this injustice.

 

Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe

Climate Chance is the focus of EYCE's 3-year campaign (2011-2013)


“Christian Network for Environment and Justice”
 - Church of Norway

A forum for exchanging information, involvement, frustration and ideas in connection with the Christian church’s work with environmental protection, ecology, and the connection between our consumption and justice in the Church of Norway.

Since the 1996 General Synod, the Church of Norway launched a public discussion of these questions under the headline “Consumption and Justice”, a work that on a national level is coordinated and run by the Church of Norway National Council. In this way, the network wants to be a support group and to push for the Church of Norway’s follow-up of the work with “Consumption and Justice”. On the same level as and through our ecumenical cooperation partners, we will support such an involvement in other denominations, and provide an extensive cooperation with “everyone of good will” outside the churches also.




Time for creation

Call for Climate justice invites Churches and individual Christians to concrete action as well to celebration. Time for creation, a period from 1 September to 2nd Sunday in October is a particular time in the Liturgical calendar of many churches in Europe to put a special emphasis on concerns linked with care for a gift of creation. In a number of churches liturgical material is produced for these occassions and  worship services, prayers and thematic events under this heading are organised. Examples of such activities are offered on the web site of the European Christian Environmental Network.