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Eco-Justice Resolutions
from 68th General Convention (1985)

Request Dioceses to Respond to Issues
of Land Use and Stewardship

Resolution 1985-D109
NOTE: Resolution died with adjournment.

On the Topic of Pollution and Toxic Waste Disposal

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the Episcopal Church:
  1. Recognize the seriousness of the national crisis of the industrial, agricultural and other pollution of the environment and the problem of toxic substance disposal with the increasing affection on the nation's health;
  2. Call on parishes and dioceses in areas affected to support ministries of medical and social care, and community advocacy, for those afflicted by physical and family complications and community disruption caused by the contamination of the air, soil and water due to such pollutants;
  3. Recognize that industry, government and investors, along with consumers and taxpayers, have a moral responsibility and a self-interest to share inherent expenses of the solutions;
  4. Request the Executive for National Mission in Church and Society to prepare a report for the Executive Council
    a) documenting the toxic substance crisis;
    b) studying the relationship between environmental concerns and our just stewardship as the covenant people of God;
    c) recommending programs and activities of advocacy and service that could be undertaken by parishes and dioceses to respond to the crisis;
  5. Request the Executive Council to report through church media and to the 69th General Convention their response to this resolution.

Originating Committee: Committee on Social and Urban Affairs

Status: This resolution was amended and passed the House of Deputies but was not acted on by the House of Bishops prior to adjournment.

Source: Archives of the Episcopal Church

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The EpEN is a national network of active lay and clergy persons within the Episcopal Church, USA, who share a common concern for the environment and a common belief in the presence of God in all Creation and who work to make these concerns and beliefs known throughout all Provinces and Dioceses within the church. Members come from around the Episcopal Church USA. The activities of the EpEN are focused on the areas of Reflection, Education, and Action. 

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