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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27 Jan, 2016
On 27 January members of the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) enabling team met with members of the European Parliament Carbon Divestment Group. The two groups came together for a discussion on the use of fossil fuels as a major contributor to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.
13 Dec, 2015
The historic United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) has concluded in Paris. For the first time, after a generation of negotiations, a global community of close to 200 nations has been able to speak with a common voice on climate change. Talks ran overtime and produced the Paris Agreement—a legally binding and ambitious global deal.
14 Oct, 2015
The CEC consultation on the Pilgrimage for climate justice which involved 50 church leaders and participants in pilgrimages for climate justice across the continent ended on 14 October 2015 at the Evangelical Academy Villigst in Schwerte (Germany).
28 Sep, 2015
MEP Othmar Karas (EPP/Austria) hosted an ecumenical conference on climate change at the European Parliament. The event was organised by CEC, COMECE, Caritas Europe, ACT Alliance EU, and CIDSE.
6 Sep, 2015
The churches of Europe continue to answer the call to a pilgrimage for climate justice. Faced with one of the greatest social and moral challenges of our time, CEC Member Churches and ecumenical partners are joining forces to work for climate justice.
6 Sep, 2015
The Conference of European Churches is pleased to announce a new website about the European contribution to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. CEC Pilgrimage (cecpilgrimage.wordpress.com/) features a calendar of European church events leading to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris in December 2015. The microsite also hosts links to CEC Member Church contributions to the pilgrimage, background information on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, and news relating to climate justice and faith. Regular updates on the site will raise awareness of climate justice issues of special importance leading to Paris.
30 Aug, 2015
The Conference of European Churches encourages all to join in a day of prayer for creation and its healing. On 1 September, Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican, Roman Catholic, and other Christians around the world will offer thanksgiving for the gifts of creation and pray for its protection and renewal.
20 Aug, 2015
The World Council of Churches is inviting Christians from around the world to blog about contributions to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. A recent post by Antonella Visintin highlights the labour and employment situation in Italy. Please click here to read, "On the road for decent and sustainable work."
25 May, 2015
From 26 to 29 of May the General Secretaries of the National Councils of Churches in Europe will meet in Berlin. Apart from the “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”, proclaimed by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the 25 participants from 15 nations will visit the German Bundestag and discuss the relationship between church and state as well as the situation of persecuted Christians.
18 Dec, 2014
CEC Reacts to Lima talks: Climate change needs more decisive action The 20th session of the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ended last week in Lima, Peru. The nearly two-week gathering saw over 12, 000 international visitors, including government and UN agency representatives, descend on Lima for intensive dialogue aimed at assessing and addressing widespread global climate change.