|Patriarch Bartholomew of Eastern Orthodox Church
Patriarch Bartholomew has drawn attention to the ethical and spiritual roots of environmental problems, which require that we look for solutions not only in technology but in a change of humanity; otherwise we would be dealing merely with symptoms. He asks us to replace consumption with sacrifice,
greed with generosity,
wastefulness with a spirit of sharing,
an asceticism which “entails learning to give, and not simply to give up.
It is a way of loving, of moving gradually away from what I want to what God’s world needs.
It is a liberation from fear, greed and compulsion”.
As Christians, we are also called “to accept the world as a sacrament of communion, as a way of sharing with God and our neighbours on a global scale. It is our humble conviction that the divine and the human meet in the slightest detail in the seamless garment of God’s creation, in the last speck of dust of our planet”.