The National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) has urged the churches and related organisations to respond to the environmentalconcerns and take up the impending environmental challenges.
“We as Christian faith based communities must ‘thank God’ for the multi species and bio-diversified environment as gift to the cosmicworld,” Rev. Christopher Rajkumar, Secretary of Commission on Justice, Peace and Creation of NCCI said on the eve World Environment Day, which is celebrated on June 5.
The theme of this year’s World Environment Day was “Many Species. One Planet. One Future” and was aimed to be the biggest Environment Day celebration ever. It was first established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972.
Expressing concern over the fast depleting natural resources, he said due to “personal and individualistic greedy actions of the powerful, parts of important landscape and species are disappearing everyday from this cosmic community”.
“This is a challenge to faith-based communities who affirm God as the creator and sustainer of this cosmos. While thanking God we have to take up the challenge too,” he added.
Several NGOs and organisations organised street rallies, forums and poster competitions to spread awareness about the environment day.
According to experts, some 100 species out of earth’s 30-50 million species are said to be lost each day under agriculture schemes,cities, industrial developments and dams or through pollution and erosion. A total of 17,291 species are on the verge of extinction.