Home > Environment > Sweden’s 1st Female Archbishop Leads Church into Climate Change Fight | Democracy Now!

Sweden’s 1st Female Archbishop Leads Church into Climate Change Fight | Democracy Now!

Archbishop Antje Jackelén, who made history last month becoming Sweden’s first-ever female archbishop. About 71 percent of Sweden’s population of nine million belong to the Church of Sweden.

Archbishop Antje Jackelén, who made history last month becoming Sweden’s first-ever female archbishop. About 71 percent of Sweden’s population of nine million belong to the Church of Sweden.

At the week-long Almedalen political festival in Visby, Sweden, one of the major issues has been climate change and Sweden’s role in addressing the crisis. In May, the bishops of the Church of Sweden issued a joint statement calling climate change “the biggest common challenge ever faced by humanity.” Sweden’s new archbishop, Antje Jackelén, is among those calling for scientists, politicians, cultural icons and religious leaders to work in concert to address the issue. Jackelén issued the call after making history as Sweden’s first-ever female archbishop. “As a church, we are part of a global movement,” she says. “The question of justice is at the heart of the Christian Church.”

————–

We are broadcasting from Visby, Sweden. This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. The name Visby comes from the old Norse meaning “place of sacrifices.” We’re in the middle of an event called Almedalen Week, a week-long political festival perhaps [unlike] any other in the world.

One of the major issues at this year’s festival has been climate change and Sweden’s role in addressing the crisis. In May, the bishops of the Church of Sweden issued a joint statement, saying, quote, “Climate change is probably the biggest common challenge ever faced by humanity. But popular concern and the seriousness of the reports on climate are not matched by climate and environment being placed high on the political agenda.” Sweden’s new archbishop, Antje Jackelén, is among those calling for scientists, politicians, cultural icons and religious leaders to work in concert to address the issue.

For more on this story, visit: After Breaking Gender Barrier, Sweden’s 1st Female Archbishop Leads Church into Climate Change Fight | Democracy Now!.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

What is 18 + 20 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)
I footnotes