Alessandra Trotta: “The environment at the center of Christian witness”

The considerations of moderator Alessandra Trotta at the end of the ecumenical initiative "Time of Creation"

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Rome (NEV), October 7, 2019 – “Environmental protection is an urgent and central theme of Christian witness”. Thus affirmed the deacon Alessandra Trotta, moderator of the Waldensian Board, while the “Time of Creation 2019” turned towards its conclusions.

“In a Christian perspective – continues Trotta – the ecosystem is the creation of God, the good that He entrusted to humanity to be its guardian. For decades the Ecumenical Council of Churches has denounced the human and environmental costs of global warming, but (unfortunately in many churches too) this appeal was not taken seriously”.
The moderator believes that today we have reached a deadline of the time at our disposal to “convert us” and adds: “We must change our paths and lifestyles by encouraging and supporting those local and global policies that might overcome the alternative between economic development and environment and health protection imposed by those who have an interest in saying that a change is not possible or is not convenient”.
According to Trotta, many young people have understood this and indicate a path that we must follow. “The environment is a precious, undivided and limited resource – she concludes  – and for this reason it imposes coherent lifestyles and investments oriented on the future. As Waldensian and Methodist churches, even in our small and large investment choices, we intend to continue on this direction, seeking to be witnesses of God’s love which is also expressed in the harmony of Creation that He has entrusted us”.

The Time of Creation is the ecumenical liturgical period which runs from September 1st to October 4th.  It took its first steps with the European Ecumenical Assembly in Graz (Austria) in 1997 and involves the Christian churches of every tradition throughout the world.