Kerala Bishops Promote Environmental Protection
13 Aug 2012 by Anto Akkara
BANGALORE, India (CNS) — Environmental
protection is an expression of faith in God, said the bishops of Kerala state.
Our faith calls for protecting the creation of God
and adopting our lifestyle accordingly, the Kerala
Catholic Bishops Council said in a statement after its Aug.
10 meeting attended by 36 bishops.
In the context of the energy crisis and problems
of waste management in Kerala, the church has the duty
and responsibility to propagate use of solar energy and
eco-friendly waste management, the statement said.
Authorities are considering instituting rotating
power outages in Kerala as much of the state has
experienced significantly less rainfall than normal for
months, leaving a network of hydroelectric power dams
almost dry. Waste management also remains a major
problem in the state where population density is more than
twice the national average.
Its not enough that we preach on environmental protection. We are setting examples to others by using solar energy in the bishops houses and other institutions, Archbishop Andrews Thazhath of Trichur, KCBC president, told Catholic News service.
These steps are in follow-up to implementing the
green policy we have already adopted, he said.
In June, the bishops council adopted the Towards
Green Meadows policy in an effort to involve the church in wide-ranging conservation activities. The policy listed several measures for church-run institutions to follow including the promotion of eco-spirituality, nature
resource conservation and waste management.
One step called for environmental education to be
extended to seminaries and catechism classes.
Father Stephen Alathara, deputy secretary-general
of the bishops council, said that engineering colleges
within Catholic institutions have been asked to promote
the use of solar energy and initiate a major in
The statement comes on the heels of an Aug. 6
discussion on the utilization of solar energy in church
properties between Bishop Gebhard Furst of Rottenburg–
Stuttgart, Germany, the Kerala bishops and other church
leaders. The German diocese has established a solar
technology program in diocesan buildings and parishes.
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