European Christian Environmental Network facilitates cooperation on eco-management and dialogue on nuclear energy

Press Release No: 15/18
21 April 2015
Brussels

In back-to-back gatherings, the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) attempted to bring together diverse Christian perspectives on critical environmental issues.

On 16 and 17 April, ECEN members focussed on coordinating efforts for practical climate justice work at the grassroots level.

The workshop followed up on the 2012-2014 ECEN twinning partnership programme. The programme included six partnerships between churches from central and eastern Europe with ones from western Europe. This cooperation facilitated exchange of experience and coordination of work on care for creation, especially eco-management.

The event saw participation from potential partners from 10 different countries interested in the next stage of the twinning project. The workshop helped clarify the environmental activities of different churches and laid common ground for future partnerships.

The workshop took place in Heidelberg (Germany) at the Protestant Institute for Interdisciplinary Research.

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A second ECEN event took place on 17 and 18 April, in Heidelberg. Theologians and church experts gathered for an ecumenical consultation under the banner “Is the use of nuclear energy ethically justifiable?”

The European ecumenical community has monitored nuclear energy for some time. Disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima intensified discussions about nuclear energy and have led to churches taking a negative position on nuclear energy. This position is, however, not shared by all. Some churches see nuclear energy as a possible bridge between the rapid abolition of fossil fuels and the full use of renewable energy.

The consultation brought together such diverse viewpoints in search of an ethical framework that considers the full complexity of the issue.

The consultation emerged from the October 2014 ECEN Assembly decision to give attention to the topic of the ethical aspects of nuclear energy.

For more information on these events or the work of ECEN please contact:

Rev. Dr Peter Pavlovic
European Christian Environmental Network
Conference of European Churches
ppt@cec-kek.be

Erin Green
Communication Coordinator
Conference of European Churches

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The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 114 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 national council of churches and organisations in partnership. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Brussels and Strasbourg.

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