Here is a message by Sergio Rios Carrillo, who represents the Lutheran World Federation and its use at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico:
Dr. Barbara Rossing (USA) and Mr. Sergio Rios Carrillo (Nicaragua), representing the Lutheran World Federation in United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun (COP 16 and CMP 6).
I share this note especially with the young people of the Lutheran World Federation. We recently met in Germany, Stuttgart to discuss our daily bread. Experience in which the discussions were connected by spiritual, economic, political, technological, social, cultural and environmental aspects. On this occasion I would like to share with you:
Barbara Rossing and I are part of an ecumenical team in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico (COP 16 and CMP 6) in which different religious denominations worldwide are present. From a Christian perspective we are contributing and participating as observers in the negotiation process. Every day we discussed about the global ecological crisis, the political and economic interests represented by countries with a high technological and industrial development, but also about they discuss the vulnerability of poor countries.
The world needs to open their eyes to the reality of climate change and we must reflect on our shared responsibility to respect the common good. We are members of a global community and our commitment as Christians is to invite to make advocacy in political and social actions that will lead us all to have less personal and national interests to work for the common good of all humanity. This was a reflection of the World Council of Churches accompanied by members of ACT alliance (Action by Churches Together Alliance) and Caritas Internationalis.
Throughout the event there have been numerous statements concerning the vulnerability to natural disasters in poor countries, integrating the adaptation term, on the other exhibitions have been shared by the industrialized countries about their efforts to reduce emissions greenhouse gas and the search for solutions to new forms of production without affecting its economy, adding the term mitigation. Not all nations have ratified the Kyoto Protocol, behind these experiences and exhibitions there are a number of terms that seek to justify this problem, and there is no unified consensus on actions to reduce global climate change, projecting political interests and economic competition.
It is a very complex issue, the process is long and tiring, but as representatives of Christian institutions report that, while politicians negotiate away large population that is affected, we personally are called to denounce the injustices of the world, selfishness the human being, our faith must be active and not passive. We must take from our small actions contexts that allow communities to organize to protect their natural resources and their lives.
Above all we need to advocate in the decisions made in our countries. We are children of God, and as such we are stewards of his creation and we must take care.
Perhaps some of us cannot see these effects immediately, but those who live in countries with a vulnerability to natural disasters, we can attest, how over the years we have lived, the characteristics of climate in our countries changed.
Climate Justice and the ethics of global responsibility.
Sergio Rios Carrillo.