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Islandske biskopper inviterede Peter Fischer-Møller til Arctic Circle

Her formulerede kirkens folk fælles udtalelse. Læs den her.

Biskop Peter Fischer-Møller deltog i sidste uge ved Arctic Circles konference i Reykjavik.

Han var inviteret til at deltage af de islandske biskopper for at kunne være med til at sætte fokus på vores ansvar for at begrænse klimaforandringerne. Biskoppen takkede med det samme ja til invitationen

- Klimaforandringerne er allerede ved at ændre vilkårene for natur og mennesker i landene i det arktiske område voldsomt. Så det ville jeg selvfølgelig gerne deltage i, siger Peter Fischer-Møller.

Som optakt til den stort anlagte konference var en gruppe grønne kirkefolk og andre religiøst engagerede samlet i det gamle bispesæde Skalholt. Det møde blev sponsoreret af blandt andre Ministeriet for Miljø og Naturressourcer i Island. 

- Her fortalte jeg om vores arbejde med Grøn Kirke og om det perspektiv kirkerne med vores religiøst poetiske sprog kan bidrage med til den nødvendige ændring af "hearts and minds”, fortæller Peter Fischer-Møller.

Mødet i Skalholt blev arrangeret af flere interessenter i Island. Deriblandt United Nations Association i Island, den evangelisk-lutherske Kirke I Island og Det teologiske institut på universitet i Reykjavik.  

På mødet i Skalholt, hvor der i øvrigt under en pause blev lejlighed til at plante syv birketræer (billedet), formulerede deltagerne denne fælles udtalelse:

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FÆLLES UDTALELSE:

● The root causes of climate change and other sustainable development challenges faced by humankind emerge from human fallacies and cannot be addressed by technology alone.

 

● Faith, spirituality and religious beliefs offer common messages about caring for the creation and protecting nature, while mobilizing and engaging people based on their values.

 

● Faith leadership and communities are engaged in protecting the environment. To strengthen their efforts, there is a need for more effective communication, networking and greater alignment. Dialogue and engagement should equally include the voices of all genders, youth and indigenous traditions.


● The urgency of responding to climate change and the degradation of the Earth’s ecosystems calls for leadership to be demonstrated through action supporting their words.

 

● As trusted and respected leaders in communities, faith leaders have an important role to play in guiding and catalysing the spiritual and cultural transformation needed to protect our common home. They serve as role models, reach people’s hearts and inspire collective action.

● Iceland as a place of peace and goodwill has served as a convening place for international peace and environmental processes. Being located by the Arctic Circle, it is at the frontline of climate change impacts. Therefore, Iceland offers an opportune venue to bring together a coalition of faith and political leaders to engage on environmental issues. A “Faith for Earth Coalition” would allow faith leaders to set shared objectives in addressing climate change and environmental degradation. It would empower networks of local faith communities and facilitate sharing stories, experiences and traditional knowledge as well as stimulating collective action.