Budapest Call for Climate Justice

An interesting statement coming out of the WCC Poverty, Wealth, and Ecology consultation…

Reposted from the Conference of European Churches Website:

Press release no. 10/49e

15.11.10 11:52

Call for Climate Justice
Addressing Poverty, Wealth and Ecology

A consultation on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology in Europe organised by the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) in cooperation with churches in Hungary ended on Friday 12 November by adopting a final statement, Budapest Call for Climate Justice.

The document underlines that the methods of wealth creation and the pursuit of unlimited wealth in rich industrialised countries of Europe often impoverish communities and harm creation as a whole. Challenges of injustice and climate change are interlinked. Social and climate justice belong together. The document indicates that: “Climate justice and therefore both social and ecological values should be a central goal of policy-making. In industrialised countries economic growth should no longer be seen as an aim in itself.”

The statement calls for “The redistribution of wealth and sharing of technology between rich countries and poor countries affected by climate change…” as crucial elements of climate justice. This has to go along with “additional support for climate change mitigation and adaptation.” The EU should stick to its ambitions with regard to greenhouse gas emission limitations independent of policies of other large economies and put additional efforts for tackling poverty and social exclusion also among marginalised migrant communities.

In addressing poverty, wealth and ecology, the statement underlines that: “we should build on the Church’s mission in society and in harmony with creation.” Churches in their different contexts have common but differentiated responsibilities. They need global ecumenical dialogue in order to define these responsibilities and to strengthen each other in living it out.

The document calls for strengthening of the churches’ work on climate justice and closer cooperation and coordination of this work in the World Council of Churches and Regional Ecumenical Organisations. Direct links between churches from different continents and regional ecumenical organisations have to be strengthened and more structured, concludes the document.

Following the outcomes of the General Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches’ (WCRC), participants in the consultation call for a joint preparation of a global ecumenical conference to propose framework and criteria for a new international financial and economic architecture that is based on the principles of economic, social and climate justice.

They invite the World Council of Churches to put climate justice and poverty eradication as well as the relationship between the two as a priority on the agenda of its 10th General Assembly in South Korea in 2013.

Complete texts of the Final Statement and the Youth Statement.


For more information contact:
Rev. Dr Peter Pavlovic
Church and Society Commission of CEC
Office: +32 2 230 68 33
Mobile: + 32 498 08 18 01


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