Former German President Richard von Weizsäcker, died on 31 January 2015. He was 94 years old. "He will be remembered for his voice of justice and peace," said the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches.
Action of the World Council of Churches more than four decades ago raised the profile of environmental issues, and in the process helping to galvanise the ecological movement in communist East Germany, says Ekklesia associate Dr Stephen Brown. This became the soil for the independent ecology groups in the 1980s as one of the forms of dissent that culminated in East Germany’s 1989 peaceful revolution.