A Christian reflection on the EU Climate change Policies
The ad hoc Working Group « EU Policies on Climate change and Christian Lifestyle», established by the COMECE (Commission of the EU-Bishops’ Conferences), met for the first time on 11 January 2008 in Brussels and was chaired by Franz Fischler, former EU Commissioner for Agriculture.
In March 2007, the EU committed itself to reach by 2020 a 20% reduction of its Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The recent agreement reached at the Bali Conference enabled the implementation of the new global goals for the post-Kyoto period. The COMECE Bishops hope that Christians will assume their responsibility in facing this fundamental challenge for humanity. In order to contribute to this reflection, they officially decided on 23 November to set up an ad hoc Working group on “EU Climate change Policies and Christian Lifestyle”.
The Working group, which consists of 10 European personalities from Politics and Science, is tasked with:
-presenting the COMECE Bishops with an overview of the role of the European Union in fighting climate change in Europe as well as in international negotiations
-identifying the possible consequences on citizen’s daily life, if the necessary policy instruments are implemented
-evaluating from a Christian point of view the opportunities which could emerge from a different and more environment friendly lifestyle.
The Working group will deliver its report to the COMECE Bishops in the autumn. A mid term Report shall be submitted to the Bishops on the occasion of their Plenary Assembly in the beginning of March 2008.
(The list of the Working group members is available on request)