560 million Christians want to save our snow culture

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 12, 2009 12:14 pm

In the past, we’ve discussed the importance of climate change and its potentially hazardous effects on our beloved snow culture. It appears the World Council of Churches is also taking it seriously. On December 13th in Copenhagen, there will be a large climate change summit with all the major world leaders present. On that day, at 3PM (local time for each church), the World Council of Churches has called on churches around the world to ring their bells, bang their gongs, make whatever “call to pray” sound they make—and do it 350 times. Why 350 times? “By sounding their bells or other instruments 350 times, participating churches will symbolise the 350 parts per million that mark the safe upper limit for CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere according to many scientists,” said a statement by the council.

The World Council of Churches represents 348 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican churches representing about 560 million Christians in 110 countries. Here’s Guillermo Kerber, World Council of Churches program executive on climat change: “In some countries, the question has been raised whether churches have the right to use their bells for what may be considered to be a political campaign. Those who support the campaign see the care of creation and of people’s lives and livelihoods threatened by climate change more as an ethical and spiritual issue that, of course, has political implications, not in a partisan sense but referring to the common good,” he explained.

Yes, snow culture=common good. Right on!