Orthodox Archbishop Seraphim of Zimbabwe and Angola said his own church, present in Africa since the first century, feels a “deep responsibility” for current climate-related problems.
He told Catholic News Service thinks effective counter-measures are hampered by the Western countries, which “seem happier to sell guns than help governments adapt to climate damage.”
Although widely praised for its top-level ecological commitment, the Orthodox Church needs more action with local faith communities and nongovernmental organizations, Archbishop Seraphim added.
“As the climate pollution increases, people will die,” he told Catholic News Service Nov. 21. “We need our congregations and communities to show spiritual solidarity with victims of climate change, by promoting a sense of the common good over narrow national interests.”