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"Compensate the poor for climate change" - South India bishop

Posted on: December 8, 2014 2:05 PM
The Rt Revd Thomas K Oommen is an Anglican Communion Eco-bishop
Photo Credit: Church of South India
Related Categories: acen, climate change, Madhya Kerala, South India

By ACNS staff

The Deputy Moderator of the Church of South India has called for rich countries to compensate poorer countries for the impact of climate change.

The Rt Revd Thomas K Oommen is the second most senior bishop in the Church of South India as well as Bishop of Madhya Kerala and an Anglican Communion Eco-bishop. In a paper on the issue, he calls climate change a "social justice issue rather than an extension of Christian environmentalism".

He continues, "Hence four million people of Church of South India demand that those who are responsible for climate change should change their development paradigm and life style.

“Rich countries have to compensate the damage caused to poor countries. As developing nations are struggling to get on the development ladder, rich countries should write off poor countries debts. The developed countries should transfer their technological knowledge to the poor countries.”

Read more about Bishop Oommen's paper Change Development Paradigm and Life style at