WORLD BISHOPS' COUNCIL PRESIDENT URGES ACTION FROM CHRISTIANS ON CLIMATE CHANGE
New York, NY th September 7, 2007 - Archbishop Timothy Paul, President of the World Bishops' Council (WBC), the largest ecumenical council of bishops, issued a call to action for Christians on climate change. Heads of major NGOs and leaders from religious communities convened at the 60th DPI/NGO Conference at the United Nations on Sept 5 th 7, 2007 discussing how climate change impacts us all.
(Media-Newswire.com) - New York, NY – September 7, 2007 - Archbishop Timothy Paul, President of the World Bishops’ Council ( WBC ), the largest ecumenical council of bishops, issued a call to action for Christians on climate change. Heads of major NGOs and leaders from religious communities convened at the 60th DPI/NGO Conference at the United Nations on Sept 5 – 7, 2007 discussing how climate change impacts us all.
Archbishop Timothy Paul issued a call urging Christians to become greater stewards of the earth. “When God created the earth, the period between evening ( ereb - Hebrew lit. translation ‘chaos’ ) and morning ( boqer - Hebrew lit. translation ‘order’ ) was the completion of each period ( day ) which God created good out of chaos. The scriptures are filled with references that give instruction to take care of the earth,” states Archbishop Paul.
The WBC President calls on all Christians and particularly leaders to promote the conservation of energy, the reduction of greenhouse gases and deforestation and the creation of public/private partnerships, which will lead to renewable energy sources. According to a statement issued by Archbishop Timothy Paul, America is only 5% of the world’s population, yet produces 22% of global carbon dioxide emissions. “What most people don’t realize is that global climate change is threatening all living species and will increase the spreading of diseases and catastrophic changes to the environment. The church must become a leading voice on teaching ways to change our living habits or future generations will have to live in deteriorating conditions as a result of our failure to simply change,” states Archbishop Paul.
The Archbishop stated this topic is just as important as any other moral sins the church currently preaches and condemns.
The World Bishops’ Council represents nearly 40 million Christians through its member churches and organizations. The WBC recently announced the establishment of its U.S. offices in Springfield, MA. For more information on the work of the WBC visit www.worldbishopscouncil.org
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