Religion and Ecology conference with the Ecumenical Patriarch

Representing the Amsterdam Centre for Religion and Sustainable Development, Ruard Ganzevoort and Jan Jorrit Hasselaar participated in a conference on religion and ecology, organised by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

06/08/2018 | 12:54 PM

Representing the Amsterdam Centre for Religion and Sustainable Development, Ruard Ganzevoort and Jan Jorrit Hasselaar participated in a conference on religion and ecology, organised by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. The conference took place on the Greek Islands of Spetses and Hydra and focused on the theme Toward a Greener Attica. Preserving the Planet and Protecting its People.

Participants included climate scientist, theologians, journalists, activists, and policy makers, affiliated with various religious traditions. While allowing for many informal conversations between all these perspectives, the conference discussed climate change and social justice, the effects of neoliberal economy and fossil fuel policies, war and climate refugees, water and food scarcity, and the role of religious communities and organisations.

Religion and Ecology Text 2The conference followed the inspiration from the Ecumenical Patriarch: who wrote in the program book: “If we are guilty of relentless waste, it is because we have lost the spirit of worship. We are no longer respectful pilgrims on this earth; we have been reduced to careless consumers or passing travellers.” The conference underlined the value of interreligious and interdisciplinary conversations and need for religious and spiritual narratives in the pursuit of sustainable development. For the Amsterdam Centre for Religion and Sustainable Development, the conference was a great opportunity to meet congenial initiatives and researchers and to present the Centre’s activities to the Ecumenical Patriarch and the other participants.