[The Hindu] The Madhya Kerala Diocese (MKD) of the Church of South India (CSI) has issued a Bishop’s Letter (equivalent to the Pastoral Letter issued time to time by the Catholic Church on important issues) in connection with the World Environment Day, extending wholehearted support to the move to implement the Madhav Gadgil Committee report on Western Ghats conservation.
Making a fervent call to implement the recommendations of the Gadgil report, Bishop Thomas Oommen, head of the diocese, said his church supported all those struggles that were being fought for the conservation of clean air, water and earth and that they were convinced that any economic activity causing extensive destruction of wetland and forests and demolition of hills would only lead to ecological disaster.
The Bishop pointed out that the loss of over Rs. 50,000 crore along with the loss of thousands of lives in the Uttarakhand floods last year was a direct consequence of man’s greed. “These developments should be an eye opener to those who disapprove of the Gadgil recommendations on Western Ghats,” the letter said.
[Editor’s note: Bishop Oommen is a member of the Anglican Communion’s Eco-Bishops’ Initiative.]
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