The two major churches in Germany demand that the leaders of the G-7 nations steps to global justice and climate protection. “Still there are 90 percent of the world’s wealth in the hands of only 10 percent of the wealthiest nations,” declared the President of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, and the chairman of the Catholic German Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx.
The Bishops call on all Christians in Germany to pray for the success of the G-7 summit on Sunday and Monday in the Bavarian Elmau. “The concern for the living conditions on our planet must be a priority in particular for the powerful and wealthy of this world are,” reads the joint statement. The high-level meeting would contribute to finding solutions to the great challenges of the world.
Despite advances in the fight against extreme poverty, the unequal distribution of life chances have intensified in many countries. “We expect from the G-7 summit a clear commitment to make the world trade and the fair value chains”, explained the top representatives of the two major churches. The powerful industrialized countries should be prepared for the benefit of the global common good, defer national interests and open their markets to the products of poor countries.
The bishops also call for a binding commitment of G-7 countries, 2020 to raise their development aid to 0.7 percent of gross national income own. “Often enough, this post has been promised, the promise but then not respected” criticizing Bedford-Strohm and Marx. At the latest at the International Conference on Financing for Development in mid-July in Addis Ababa the corresponding financing plan should be available.
Also for climate protection, the churches hope for clear signals from Elmau. “We call on the governments of the G-7 countries on, committed to work towards limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius,” reads the statement. Otherwise not only the follow-up costs of climate change will soar, but also the human emergencies would increase. The poorest could often not protect them from the consequences of climate change.