First Italian diocese becomes a member of Climate Alliance

In the Pastoral Centre of Bolzano, on 31 August, Bishop Ivo Muser signed the accession of the Diocese of Bolzano-Bressanone to Climate Alliance. This makes the Bolzano-Bressanone diocese the first Italian diocese in the network. In the presence of the National Coordinator of Climate Alliance Italy, Karl-Ludwig Schibel, and the Executive Director of the Organisation for a World in Solidarity, Matthäus Kircher, the diocesan economist Franz Kripp and the head of the Office for Dialogue Martin Pezzei outlined the diocese's commitment to protection and the guidelines for the responsible use of creation, as well as some concrete measures taken in recent years.

"It is a great pleasure for us," said Karl-Ludwig Schibel, "that the diocese has decided to continue its activities for ecological conversion in matters of climate protection together with Climate Alliance. We are happy to have a strong partner to bring the issue of climate responsibility for creation to life in the everyday life of the faithful and all people of good ecological will in South Tyrol and beyond."

"Climate change does not come from outside, we are all involved," Bishop Muser underlined. "What can we do? What should we do, what must we do? The biggest mistake would be to resign and do nothing!" Before signing the formal declaration of membership, the bishop reiterated the diocese's agreement to the voluntary commitments as a member of the European Climate Alliance. He said it was important to take small concrete steps to achieve more eco-social justice.

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