Online Participant Question Regarding Energy

Posted by Kaitlin Sampson

Live Participant John Munter asks His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew:

“In light of Christianity having saved Western civilization several times in eras of crisis have you considered preparing for severe climate change as a prophetic witness by developing off-grid energy independence, building root cellars for food storage, greenhouses for climate control, and growing hardy crops with large root systems like hybrid hazelnuts or sea buckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides) which is a berry containing all the amino acids and phyto-nutrients or whatever is appropriate to the local climate?”

Father John Chryssavgis responds on behalf of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew:

“His All-Holiness considers his ecological responsibility as being the inspiration and encouragement of institutions and individuals as well as communities and corporations to consider the global impact of their actions in order that they may adopt more viable and sustainable practices in accordance with God’s command to care for the creation.

In this respect, arguably as the most pervasive and powerful force on earth, religion — and religious leaders — can prove a defining marker of the space and character of our world, playing a critical role as a force of social and institutional mobilization on a variety of levels.”

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