In Uzhgorod people prayed for the environment
Recently, in Uzhgorod Catechesis spiritual center, a seminar was conducted whereon the State Environmental Protection Administration in the Transcarpathian region, together with the "Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies" NGO called for the cooperation of church leaders and drafted the program of cooperation between the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and churches and religious organizations in Ukraine towards preserving the environment.
List of participants included religious, civic and academic leaders.
His pain for the environment expressed Milan Shashik, the Bishop of Mukachevo Greek Catholic diocese. He noted that now they can say to citizens that pollution of the environment is nothing but a sin. "How can you go up the mountains to pick berries, ie take Nature's gifts, and leave there plastic bottles and other junk?" - says the Bishop. He emphasized that the environmental awareness of our citizens is very low and our primary task is to raise it to the proper level. "I think it is unacceptable that volunteers come from abroad to clean our rivers, forests and meadows" - Bishop noted in his speech.
Meeting was opened by the head of the State Environmental Protection Administration in Transcarpathian region Andriy Pogorelov, who in particular said: "The current environmental situation was the result of socio-economic development of the global community, focused mainly on the use of natural resources and material enrichment, pushing into the background spiritual factors of existence, which in turn gives the right to talk about the signs of spiritual crisis.
Spiritual leaders are the keepers of real worldly values and helmsman in the ethical reforms. That's why in recent years, scientists and statesmen urge representatives of various religions and denominations to actively promote responsible and careful attitude to nature. Saving unique Carpathian nature for future generations is the main task of the State Administration of Environmental Protection in the Transcarpathian region. We, along with the environmental community are active in the field of building a network of protected territories and objects.
Sometimes traditional environmental education activities do not give the expected results, and we are delighted that we can also express through the church our request to the people for careful attitude to nature."
Director of the "Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies" Oleksandr Bokotey has rich experience in cooperation with representatives of churches and non-governmental organizations. "Together with representatives of the Orthodox Church we have compiled specific (environmental) prayer book, which will soon appear in Old Church Slavonic and later in Hungarian and other languages. In addition to printed literature the Institute carries out its work through the Internet: they have their site, conduct eco-church dialogues on dozens of other sites in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia."
The seminar concluded with a joint prayer for the environment, which again confirmed the desire of all religious leaders to cooperate for the benefit of nature.
Source: State Department of Environmental Protection in the Transcarpathian region
14 September 2012 13:01