The composition of the team at this week's meeting in New York, USA, "reflects the priorities of the World Council of Churches (WCC) for the World Summit itself," says Dr Martin Robra from the WCC "Justice, Peace and Creation" (JPC) team. According to Robra, the main issues are:
"More and more, people are deprived of the resources essential for their survival. Their living conditions are deteriorating. Those who are already impoverished and marginalized suffer most. Without access to money and the market economy, their lives depend on what support the community can give and what nature has to offer. A shift in perspective and of the economic paradigm is required. Defending the earth is not a project. Defending the earth is a way of life," Robra concludes.
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