Expanded Global Ethic added a fifth directive on care for the Earth

August 25, 2018

Hans Kung, a leading Catholic theologian, friend and contemporary of Pope Benedict was also fundamental in developing a Global Ethic supported out of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

For the 25th-year anniversary of the signing of the Global Ethic, the Board of Trustees of the Parliament have voted to approve an  expanded Global Ethic, adding a fifth directive on care for the Earth to which names/endorsements can be added.

After the Parliament decided to add a fifth directive to the current four, scholars of religion, ethics, and the environment from many of the world’s regions and religions were invited to comment on a working draft. A task force then reviewed over a hundred pages of collected comments and produced the version approved by the Board.

The Global Ethic now elaborates these commitments:

  1. A commitment to a culture of non-violence and respect for life
  2. A commitment to a culture of solidarity and just economic justice
  3. A commitment to a culture of tolerance and a life of truthfulness
  4. A commitment to equal right and partnership between men and women
  5. A commitment to a culture of sustainability and care for the Earth