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Eco-Justice Resolutions
from the Episcopal Church

Create Task Force on Climate Change

Proposed Resolution for the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, USA, June-July 2015

Resolution 2015-A030: Create Task Force on Climate Change

Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church call upon the Executive Council to create a task force to begin to create resources for parish and diocesan use that will equip faithful Christians to respond pastorally and materially in their local context.

The Task Force is asked to report back to the 79th General Convention on its progress and to share what is already happening at the local and diocesan levels in The Episcopal Church.


Proposer: EC Committee on Science, Technology and Faith

Explanation:

The question of whether or not climate change is occurring is no longer open. Scientists, by broad agreement, see that an increase in the Earth's atmospheric temperature is driving changes in sea level, storm intensity, and large-scale and local climate instability. The Church has a responsibility to respond on a number of levels to these changes. Church buildings may be lost or relocated. Existing industries may be imperiled, and new industrial challenges will emerge, creating significant economic difficulties for governments and citizens worldwide. There will be significant impact on wildlife. Agriculture will have to adjust to the changing weather and, as it is doing that, food insecurity in this nation and others may expand beyond present levels. All of these factors together will require a coordinated response for which, at present, little planning has occurred.

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