On 6-13 September, the ship M/S Fram hosted the 7th Ecological Symposium of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (after the Aegean, the Black Sea, the Danube, the Adriatic, the Baltic and the Amazon Symposia) and sailed from the western coast of Greenland towards the Arctic. With a broad participation from religious leaders of many faiths, scientists, conservationists, politicians and the media, the Symposium focused on climate change and its impacts not only on the Arctic region, but on international level. Detailed information on the Symposium can be obtained from the organizers Religion, Science and the Environment Committee at www.rsesymposia.org.
The Arctic Symposium demonstrated the strong commitment of HAH the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople to nature conservation and environmental protection and his willingness to use the moral and spiritual power of major faiths in facing the current global problems.
Med-INA was represented in the Symposium by its director, Thymio Papayannis, who is a member of the RSE Committee.