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Church in Germany decides on speed limit
In order to fulfill the task of preserving creation, the Evangelical Church in Germany decides to limit the speed for business trips. Even in Switzerland there are church measures against climate change.
In the future, speed limits will apply to employees of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) on business trips. The news portal Spiegel Online informs about it.
Andreas EngelAuto & Mobility editor
A maximum of 100 km/h on motorways and a maximum of 80 km/h on country roads – all employees of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) should now observe these speed limits on business trips. The news portal Spiegel Online informs about it. Accordingly, the synod – a representative body of church members – considers speed limits necessary to fulfill the church’s mandate for the integrity of creation. “The decision was made after a controversial debate at the end of four days of synod consultations,” Spiegel said in an agency report on the EKD website.
The church supports speed limits
On the one hand, the evangelical church in Germany wants to launch a major campaign for appropriate self-determination. On the other hand, political efforts for the early introduction of a general speed limit on German autobahns – a topic that has been hotly debated again in recent months between supporters and opponents due to the impending energy shortage – also need to be supported. “The #EKD Synod has decided to support political efforts to set speed limits on German roads. The speed limit should not exceed 120 km/h,” wrote EKD on Twitter.
On federal autobahns and all other roads with a central reservation or at least two lanes in each direction, the recommended speed in Germany today is 130 km/h. However, this is only a recommendation, not a general maximum permissible speed. The maximum speed on German country roads is usually 100 km/h.
Switzerland is fighting
With its decision, the evangelical church wants to support the fight against climate change. A climate activist was also invited to a conference in Magdeburg, East Germany, where the synod dealt with the topic of climate change. From the point of view of Synod President Anna-Nicole Heinrich (26), Protestant communities should connect with the climate movement and strengthen them as supportive partners in the background (also interesting: pastor Käfer from Lake Zurich). At the same time, the chairman of the EKD board, Annette Kurschus (59), warned the members that the church was waving its finger too much. “Then again, we’re the ones standing there as moralists,” says Kurschus.
The Evangelical Reformed Church in Switzerland (EKS) has also defined environmental guidelines which can be viewed on the website. Accordingly, EKS is generally committed to complying with environmental laws and statutory regulations. “We strive to constantly reduce negative impacts on the environment and conserve natural resources,” the statement said. Regarding mobility, the Evangelical Reformed Church writes that employees should organize their work mobility as ecologically as possible. “We avoid unnecessary trips and use low-emission means of transport whenever possible,” says EKS.