“As christians in the duty”

Klaus Topfer, former Federal Minister of the Environment and head of the UN Environment Agency, has called environmental protection a fundamental obligation for every Christian. The foundations for the modern understanding of sustainable development were already laid in the Bible. In the this site interview, Topfer also welcomed the German government's plans to reduce emissions of climate-damaging carbon dioxide by 30 percent by 2020.

"Industrial revolution with lots of opportunities" On Thursday, the environment ministers of the federal and state governments agreed on improved climate protection. In a statement, they want to speak out in favor of going even further than the EU's climate targets in international agreements.The EU had previously agreed on a reduction of at least 20 percent – a minimum goal according to Topfer. "30 percent are also feasible."Germany must also recognize its own possibilities in improved climate protection. "We are facing an industrial revolution with plenty of opportunities."

"Build and preserve" Even as Christians, people have a duty to protect the environment. There are no world religions that do not demand respect for creation, the 68-year-old said."Let's go back to the Christian basics: it is always quoted from Genesis one that man can use and exploit this earth. But much more meaningful and necessary is to read Genesis two, where it says: The Lord put man in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. This is a mission that we as human beings have to fulfill. For me, a modern understanding of conservative consists in building, preserving and taking responsibility."

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