Chernobyl: A life saving lesson?

The World Council of Churches (WCC) considers environmetal protection to be a peace issue.

In a news release from the WCC, General Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said that “Churches have a solid record in emergency aid. We see it is a ministry that works in parallel with disaster prevention and long-term development. But when the duration of the damage is so great, as around Chernobyl, and when a highly developed country faces devastation on such a scale, as in Japan, serious re-thinking is needed. These events train our prayers and our planning toward what societies and churches must do differently to keep people safe and protect the environment.”

The WCC is presenting the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) in Kingston from May 17 - 21, 2011. The event will discern the main threats to peace – environmental, economic, political and militar - and ask how citizens and consumers are helping to create conditions related to complex disasters.
The WCC conference builds on long-standing ecumenical commitments that link the integrity of God’s creation with justice and peace, and give priority to the sustainability of communities and economies. The goal in Kingston is to challenge churches locally and globally to deepen their understanding of peace and broaden their collaboration in working for peace.