We have received a number of moving quotes about the Ash Wednesday Declaration.
“This prophetic document from Operation Noah comes at a kairos moment for the Churches, as a second Earth Summit is being prepared and, as it seems, the world has become apathetic about the real threat to the possibility of planetary life continuing, if we human beings are not committed to change our patterns of energy consumption. For Christians, the themes of this statement - joy, repentance, hope, justice and so on - are not optional: they are at the heart of our identity as Church. We will encounter them in the form of a question when we face God's judgement: 'What did you do to cherish my creation, in its hour of danger?'” Mary Grey, theologian and writer
“ECEN welcomes this initiative as an important sign demonstrating the commitment of a growing number churches in Europe to respond to one of the fundamental challenges of our era. Care for environment as care for creation is an issue of our theology and of our faith. The declaration emphasises the theological approach that goes beyond a short term activism.” Peter Pavlovic, European Christian Environmental Network
“With this declaration Operation Noah makes it crystal clear why Christians particularly should take action to care for the climate and our environment.” David Hughes, Eco Congregations
“The churches and the theology of today cannot be relevant if they will not address climate change”. Rev. Henrik Grape, Church of Sweden
"Quaker Peace & Social Witness endorse this Call to the Church on climate change. We particularly welcome the recognition that ‘climate change is driven by the belief that prosperity depends on limitless consumption of the earth’s resources’. Last year, in response to the promptings of the spirit, Quakers in Britain made a corporate commitment to become a low-carbon, sustainable community. In doing so we too recognised that the environmental crisis is enmeshed with global economic injustice and that we need to both take personal action to live differently and collective action to challenge underlying causes." Quaker Peace & Social Witness
"Christian Aid believes that we are called to love and care for one another in ways that are exemplified in, and inspired by, Jesus’ earthly ministry. In seeking to protect the world around us, we are striving to show our love for God, and for each other. The Ash Wednesday Declaration makes clear our duties as custodians of the planet on which we live, and encourages us, despite a global reluctance to agree on essential climate change targets, to approach the forthcoming Rio+20 summit on a sustainable future with hope –campaigning all the way!" Geoff Daintree, Christian Aid
"We have been commanded to serve and preserve the creation of God as a divine gift, which we are to bequeath to future generations with integrity and love. We are treating our planet in a godless manner precisely because we fail to see it as a gift inherited from above. Our original sin with regard to the natural environment lies in our refusal to accept the world as a sacrament of communion, as a way of sharing with God and neighbor on a global scale. Operation Noah presents us with tangible ways and examples of how we can change our attitudes and practices in relation to God's creation." Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew