Church of Norway joins Arctic oil debate

The Church of Norway this week called on the Norwegian government to stall all oil exploration projects the next five years. Norway needs to reflect on the inter-relation between climate change and its oil industry, the Church argues.

“We are the biggest environmental movement in Norway,” the church bishops say.

In a sign of protest against government policies, a group of prominent church representatives this week assembled in front of the Norwegian Parliament building in Oslo. The church wants five years of thinking before Norway proceeds with oil exploration. That will give time for a thorough debate on interrelations on oil production and the climate crisis, enhanced focus on alternative energy generation and new technology, the church representatives argue.

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