Fighting climate change in the name of God
The Church in Germany sets the speed limit
In order to do justice to the task of preserving creation, the Evangelical Church in Germany decided to limit the maximum speed for business trips. In Switzerland, too, there are church actions against climate change.
In the future, speed limits will apply to employees of the Evangelical Church of Germany (EKD) on business trips. This was reported by the news portal Spiegel Online.
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Maximum 100 km/h on motorways and 80 km/h on country roads – All EKD employees are now required to adhere to these speed limits when on business trips. This was reported by the news portal Spiegel Online. Accordingly, the Synod—a representative body of church members—considers that a speed limit is necessary to do justice to the Church’s mandate in the righteousness of creation. “The decision was made after a controversial discussion at the end of the four-day Synod consultations,” Spiegel said in an agency report on the EKD website.
The church supports speed limit
On the other hand, the Evangelical Church in Germany wants to launch a high-profile campaign for similar self-discipline. On the other hand, political efforts for the early introduction of a general speed limit on German motorways – a topic that has been hotly debated again in recent months among supporters and opponents due to the impending power shortages – should also be supported. “The Synod of #EKD decided to support political efforts to put a speed limit on German roads. The speed limit should not exceed 120 km/h,” EKD wrote on Twitter.
Today, a recommended speed of 130 km/h applies on federal motorways and on all other roads with central reservation or at least two lanes in each direction in Germany. However, this is only a recommendation and is not a general maximum speed allowed. The top speed on German country roads is usually 100 km/h.
Switzerland is fighting
With its decision, the Evangelical Church wants to support the fight against climate change. A climate activist was also invited to a conference in Magdeburg, East Germany, where the synod addressed the topic of climate change. In the view of Synod President Anna Nicole Heinrich (26), evangelical groups should engage with the climate movement and strengthen it in the background as supportive partners (also interesting: Shepherd of the infidel from Lake Zurich). At the same time, EKD Council Chair Annette Korchos, 59, warned members that the church was shaking their index finger a lot. “So we are once again the ones standing there as ethical scholars,” says Corchus.
The Evangelical Reformed Church of Switzerland (EKS) has also set out environmental guidelines that can be viewed on the website. Accordingly, EKS generally undertakes to comply with environmental laws and legal regulations. “We strive to continually reduce negative environmental impact and conserve natural resources,” the report states. When it comes to commuting, the Evangelical Reformed Church writes that employees should organize their work-related commuting as environmentally as possible. “We avoid unnecessary trips and use low-emissions transportation whenever possible,” EKS says.
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