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Eco-Justice Resolutions
from Dioceses of the Episcopal Church

A Resolution to endorse The Earth Charter

For the 177th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, 2009


A Resolution to endorse The Earth Charter

 

Resolved, That the 177th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont concur with the 76th General Convention in endorsing The Earth Charter including its Preamble, and be it further

RESOLVED, That, the 177th Convention encourage parishes, agencies and individual members to seek understanding of and inspiration from The Earth Charter, and to take actions consonant with The Earth Charter.


EXPLANATION
The theme of our 176th Diocesan Convention was Earth stewardship, demonstrating sustainable practices, and developing intentions to continue practicing stewardship at all levels of our communal life. To deepen and extend that stewardship we now have support from the national church in their endorsement of The Earth Charter.

Endorsed by towns, cities, nations and NGO's all over the world, the Earth Charter sets out a vision of Earth Community in which human beings commit themselves to realigning their relationship with the Earth and all living things so that life on Earth may continue for all and for future generations. To quote from the Explanation for Resolution C064 of General Convention:

"The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century (www.earthcharter.org). It developed from the grass roots, not the U.N. or NGOs and is the result of the most inclusive and participatory worldwide process ever associated with the drafting of an international declaration. The Earth Charter seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life and future generations. It is a blueprint for local and global ministry, a vision of hope and a call to action...
 
"Now is a critical moment in the history of God's creation, a time when we must choose our future. Our common destiny calls us to seek a new beginning, a fundamental change of heart and mind, a clear recognition of global interdependence and universal responsibility. We must act now to achieve sustainability, justice and peace."

The Earth Charter can be found at www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Read-the-Charter.html.

 

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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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