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SCMI to observe ‘Asia Communication Sunday’
Published on 22 Jun. 2011 10:39 PM IST
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The World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) Asia Region which met at Yogyakarta, Indonesia from May 15 to 20 last for its Preassembly and Triennial Assembly on the theme, “Communicating Climate Justice” has proposed that this year’s Asia Communication Sunday could be celebrated on the same theme, making the churches and societies aware of the urgency with which the world is calling for climate justice.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that by the year 2100 the average temperature of the atmosphere will rise between 1.1° C and 6.4° C, resulting in the rise of the sea level, the melting of glaciers and an increase in the number of extreme meteorological occurrences (IPCC, 2007).
Current statistics indicate that we are heading towards the upper limit of this scenario. Climate change most likely the greatest threat to the existence of the present and future generations, and to the continued existence of non-human life on earth. It is an existential threat to human rights concerning the food, safety and habitat of hundreds of millions of people. Climate change is increasingly recognized as the central issue in the world.
The UNDP report of 2007 points out that safeguarding the functioning of the biosphere is one of the most important social contributions we can make to the future, and to the fight against poverty.
The shortage of drinking water, the desertification and erosion of fertile lands and the climate-related changes to the potential of natural habitats in the 21st century are some of the main causes of poverty, as well as being the consequences of poverty.
There is a close connection in global terms between ecological and social problems. There is no justice without environmental protection, and no environmental protection without justice.
The Triennial Assembly also noted that climate change is primarily anthropogenic, caused by humans. Hence, it is not a question of fate, but of justice.
The excessive use of fossil fuels in industrial countries is ecological aggression, robbing millions of people in developing countries of their right to life; it should be recognized as a new form of colonialism.
In relation to the climate change crisis, conversion is what we need; to convert our attitudes, our paradigms, our ways of life.
An in-depth understanding of God in-creation, the transparence of God, more than his transcendence, helps to rediscover a forgotten dimension of human-beings’ place in creation.
he cry of the poor and vise versa. The 2007 report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) already recognized the most vulnerable groups and regions who are suffering and will suffer most consequences of climate change.
These groups include the poor, indigenous peoples and communities living in low lying islands. To respond to climate change challenges means to consider these communities in particular and act responsibly and audaciously.
As A. Honneth points out … it is not the limits of nature, but the seemingly limitless desire of humanity in connection with the extreme rise in knowledge of its availability which are today the main threats to our future.
World Association for Christian Communication points out that, communicators can make a difference, by amplifying the voices of marginalized people and communities.
Ensure that equity and mutual accountability are at the heart of any response to climate change. Together we can prevent the ship from sinking!
It is this call that enables us to call for “Communicating Climate Justice” for our Asia Communication Sunday 2011.
We invite all those interested and challenged to share your stories, prayers, faith affirmations, hymns and songs, tit-bits, slogans, etc., and participate with us on 26 June 2011 as the Asia Communication Sunday 2011.

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