Economic and Climate JusticeEconomic and Climate Justice


Injustices of the current world pose a substantial challenge for the unity of the Church. The question of catholicity of the Church and justice cannot be separated. Close and systemic link between continuing economic injustices, growing gap between wealth and poverty and progressing climate change is one of the main challenges for work of the churches.  

The Final statement of the conference of Poverty, Wealth and Ecology, Budapest, 2010 expressed these concerns in the following words:
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.

Addressing the impacts of economic globalisation and raising awareness for responsibility for creation belong to the priority areas of the Church and Society Commission.

Current projects include:

  • Dialogue between Churches in Europe and Latin America.
  • The contribution of European Churches to the World Council of Churches' process on Wealth, Poverty and Ecology and preparation for the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches
  • Collection of materials to Climate Justice
  • European Christian Environmental Network


For more information please contact Rev. Dr. Peter Pavlovic 

 

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Available Now

Threats and Challenges of Globalisation

A filmed report on the dialogue between Churches in Europe and Latin America to Threats and Challenges of Globalisation

For more information visit out Economic and Climate Justice section

 

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Preparatory meeting for delegates of the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches took place from 27-28 February 2013 in Brussels

Presentations:
The World Council of Churches on the way towards its 10th Assembly
Dr.Guillermo Kerber & Rev. Dr. Daniel Buda
World Council of Churches

Challenge of economic and environmental justice from the perspective of CSC/CEC and European churches
OKR. Dr. Ulrich Möller - Evangelical Church of Westphalia

Rev. Dr. Raag Rolfsen - Church of Norway

Rev. Dr Peter Pavlovic - Church and Society Commission of CEC

Church and Society Commission – Task Force Globalisation

Expectations, hopes and concerns of European churches

The standpoint of social justice
Czechoslovak Hussite Church

Evangelical Church in Germany - German

© CEC/CSC
© CEC/CSC

 

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Dialogue between Churches in Europe and Latin America to Threats and Challenges of Globalisation

Outcomes of the first round of the dialogue between CSC/CEC and Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) under the title "Threats and Challenges of Globalisation - Churches in Europe and Latin America in dialogue" have been published as a joint publication. The document is the result of a  trust-building process which contributed to of differences in a number of thematic areas and is a joint contribution to a wider ecumenical debate.

We invite the churches of CEC and CLAI to reflect the outcomes of the dialogue. The text underlines: "CSC/CEC and CLAI welcome with pleasure the involvement from the churches, church-related organisations and individuals in both continents, as well as from the larger ecumenical family. We hope to receive their comments and reactions to this text and in this way nurture the next stages of our joint commitment."
 

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The contribution of European Churches to the World Council of Churches' process on Wealth, Poverty and Ecology and preparation for the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches

Poverty, Wealth and Ecology
Poverty, Wealth and Ecology is the major project of the World Council of Churches addressing impacts of economic globalization, increasingly widening the gap between the rich and the poor and their threats to global peace and to the earth.  The Church and Society Commission of CEC actively participates in the project and contributes to it.

European Consultation on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology, Budapest, 2010

The consultation on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology in Europe took place in November 2010 in Budapest (Hungary). The meeting offered the delegates from European churches and guests from all over the world a possibility to examine the impacts of economic and financial crises and exchange on churches' responses to these crises, and to combine this discussion with the broader debates about global wealth creation, its distribution, poverty and environmental degradation.


Final Statement from the Budapest Global Consultation for Climate Justice
Addressing Poverty, Wealth and Ecology

Budapest - Ecumenical Youth Declaration

 

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Collection of materials to Climate Justice
Climate change has become a 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 the social sphere are signs of a deep seated systemic problem we have to face. 

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

A 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 dialogue among churches and ecumenical organisation in Europe with the hope that it may help to develop coordinated action.

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

 

 

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