Economic and Ecological Justice
The challenges arising from recent economic crises, continual economic imbalances and injustices, and the growing urgency of ecological problems are among the core concerns of European churches. Our work in this area will includes monitoring, providing expertise, and advocacy on EU policies including the Sustainable Development Goals.
We are also contributing to the World Council of Churches’ Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, especially leading to the United Nations Climate Change Conferences. We are also encouraging and accompanying our Member Churches in their efforts in this pilgrimage, especially through the CEC Pilgrimage website.
We will also contribute to the WCC programme Economy of Life for All Now and work on the assessment of position papers from a European perspective.
The Conference of European Churches provides the secretariat for the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN). This network focusses on raising awareness and providing a platform for sharing and encouragement.
For more information on our work in this area, please email CEC Study Secretary Peter Pavlovic.
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22 Nov, 2022
Caring for God’s creation is an integral part of the calling of the churches. How can this be done? The question is explored in depth in the new publication titled Every Part of Creation Matters published by the Conference of European Churches in partnership with Globethics.net.
8 Nov, 2022
The intergovernmental panel report on climate change confirms that the total anthropogenic greenhouse gasses emissions have continued to rise, in spite of all efforts, during the 2010–2019 period. GHG emissions during this time have been higher than in any previous decade.
7 Nov, 2022
COP27 is the moment to acknowledge critical facts about the state of the world. According to a recent report of the World Meteorological Organisation, concentrations of greenhouse gases reached record highs in 2021. The increase continues in 2022. The global mean temperature in 2022 is currently estimated to be 1.15 ± 0.13 °C above the 1850-1900 average. The eight years from 2015 to 2022 are likely to be the eight warmest years on record.
6 Nov, 2022
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change has been endorsed by all countries of the world. The 27th conference starts on 6 November in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, with all parties that signed the Convention.
26 Oct, 2022
7th international conference on ecological theology and environmental ethics started on 27 October in the Orthodox Academy of Crete, Chania, Greece.
18 Sep, 2022
Climate change and care for creation remained in sharp focus at the World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly held early September in Karlsruhe. Observing the Season of Creation, a workshop organised by the Conference of European Churches and WCC Climate Change Group spoke about advocacy and political aspects of churches’ engagement with climate change.
20 Jun, 2022
Bringing together over a hundred participants from Europe and beyond, the virtual Assembly of the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) highlighted diverse Christian perspectives in addressing contemporary challenges posed by environmental degradation.
12 Apr, 2022
Study Secretary of CEC Rev. Dr Peter Pavlovic stressed the importance of care for creation as an integral part of theology – calling them inseparable pillars of Christian diaconia. He was participating in the conference titled “On the way to human being and to creation” organised by the Silesian Diaconia..
8 Nov, 2021
The highly expected 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) commenced last week in Glasgow. Churches and faith communities were visible and present in Glasgow.
4 Nov, 2021
An ecumenical delegation, representing CEC and the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, met with the Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša on Friday 5 November 2021 in Ljubljana, to discuss the implementation of the Slovenian EU Presidency’s priorities.