National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB) opened, officially, on the afternoon of Ash Wednesday, 9, the Fraternity Campaign 2011, "Fraternity and Life on the Planet", a press conference, at its headquarters, Brasilia. The general secretary of the CNBB, Sun Dimas Lara Barbosa, and executive secretary of the Brotherhood Campaign, Father Luiz Carlos Dias, showed reporters the goals of the Campaign, highlighting its main points.
Dom Dimas made the historic memory of the Fraternity Campaign and stated that the theme of ecology is an old worry CNBB, that has marked the history of campaigns for three decades. "The Campaign oldest around environmental happened 1979, with the motto "Preserve what is everyone '. There 32 years have had this concern with ecological themes. Long after, in 2002, came the campaign that reflected the Amazon; shortly after so, the Campaign 2004 reflected the issue of water, and, the Campaign 2007, discussed the theme 'Brotherhood and the Indigenous Peoples' and the question of land ", Sun recalled Dimas.
The secretary said the CNBB Campaign this year has a very broad reflection, reflected in two major issues of concern: 'Global warming and climate change'. "From these points, Church in Brazil has shown that we are concerned to discuss issues relevant to society live better ".
Already the executive secretary of the Brotherhood Campaign, Father Luiz Carlos Dias, said one of the important steps of the campaign that begins today is to mobilize people around by public policy changes that favor the development of the proposed theme.
"We want to mobilize society to act in a positive manner at all levels of civil society and the powers that be to implement policies to promote a better planet for everyone to live", said the secretary of the Campaign.
Father Luiz fez uma synthesis of text-based CF-2011. Highlighted, among other things, the work that is done on the bases for the development of the Church Campaign. He criticized the current system of production and consumption that contributes "to the exclusion".
Dom Dimas listed some concrete actions that suggests Campaign staff levels, Community and government for the preservation of the environment.
"The citizen can collaborate with small actions and cultivate healthy habits such as the use of renewable energy, such as solar, garbage collection, the very issue of respect in relation to water ", warned.
The secretary said he believed in collective mobilization for behavior change and educating people to a way of life that fosters humanity. He cited the case of blackout crisis, occurred in 2001 and 2002 no Brasil, as an example of mobilization of society that can generate awareness and respect for the environment.
"When people saw themselves threatened of being without power, soon began exchanging bulbs, reduce the number of appliances and, so, we can reduce the energy consumption in a way that was previously unthinkable ".
Second gift Dimas, approval of changes in the Brazilian Forest Code have occupied the agenda of concerns CNBB. A year ago, the Episcopal Pastoral Council CNBB (Consep) issued a notice that lists some items of concern in the Code text changes.
"We had, has little time, a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Environment and the effort that we have seen government sectors are doing to engage with social movements representing the most vulnerable communities as Maroons, riparian, indigenous povos, dams. These moves all have sought the Government and CNBB to encourage lest we be so quick to adopt the new Forest Code ", Sun said Dimas.
Dom Dimas expressed, still, concerns with the pre-salt and the Belo Monte dam, will be built on the Xingu. According to him, Altamira is already feeling the impact of the work with the influx of new residents and the city has no infrastructure to welcome everyone.
The CNBB presented journalists with Text-Based Campaign, which begins today and extends throughout Lent. A Gathering of Solidarity, made on Palm Sunday, 17 April, was remembered by Bishop Dimas as concrete gesture of solidarity that is available to all. The result of the collection is used to approve projects under the theme of Social Campaign.