France: Christians rise to battle consumerism

?Live simply so that others may simply live? is how the Christian Life Community (CLC) summarised its reflections on sustainable development at a national workshop in Paris in November. For Christians who are co-responsible for the creation, simplicity is a lifestyle to be chosen on a daily basis whenever we consume: the struggle against everything disposable, encouraging recycling, sharing goods and services, practicing fair trade, and finding opportunities to raise awareness about world problems. Battling society?s overconsumption and waste involves changing the worlds of work as well as of leisure. It is faith that gives people the confidence and solidarity to share the planet?s riches in practice. These concerns point towards a UN World Conference on Sustainable Development to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, in August/September this year. See www.johannesburgsummit.org. [HL20107]