“Water, food and climate justice are key to a sustainable future.” This was one of the key messages from the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network at the recent general assembly of the Council of Presbyterian and Reformed Churches of Latin America (AIPRAL), in Sao Paolo, Brazil, in mid-August. As part of its work on climate change and access to safe drinking water, AIPRAL released a new pedagogical tool at the assembly: the book “We are on Time”.
The book sets out to inspire reflections on how God’s creation is affected by human practices, and by consumerism, greed and lack of responsibility, and how this relates to communities sharing God’s gift of a common home.
From the perspective of Christian faith, “We are on Time” addresses topics such as water, climate change, nature as God’s creation, environmental health, food security, biodiversity, eco-theology, new paradigms, and more, highlighting the compromises that our faith may force us to make in moments of crisis.
The new publication is the result of numerous discussions and encounters in Latin America over the past few years, among them the consultation “Climate Justice and Water”, at which Veronica Flachier, co-chair of WCC’s Ecumenical Water Network, played an active role.
“For us, as Reformed churches, it is essential to work for climate justice. We cannot deny that this issue is a priority and a responsibility as Christians. We hope the new guide can be of help to respond to this issue as communities of faith,” said Gabriela Mulder, who chaired the meetings at the AIPRAL assembly.
More information about the AIPRAL General Assembly (in Spanish)