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Eco-Justice Resolutions
for General Convention 2006

A Resolution Regarding Environmental Stewardship

Submitted by the Diocese of Washington

A Resolution Regarding Environmental Stewardship

Resolved,  the House of _________ concurring, that the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church recognize that the use of fossil fuels harms air quality and public health and is contributing to changes in the global climate that threaten the lives and livelihoods of our neighbors around the world; and be it further

Resolved, that the Convention affirm that our Christian response to global warming is a deeply moral and spiritual issue; and be it further

Resolved, that the Convention reaffirm Resolution 1991-A195, adopted by the 70th General Convention, declaring that Christian Stewardship of God's created environment, in harmony with our respect for human dignity, requires response from the Church of the highest urgency; and be it further

Resolved, that the Convention reaffirm Resolution 2000-A048, adopted by the 73rd General Convention, encouraging all members, congregations, dioceses, and other church institutions to use environmentally safe and sustainable energy sources; and be it further

Resolved, that the Convention acknowledge with praise and appreciation the work of Interfaith Power and Light, a non-profit initiative that helps congregations, religious institutions and others work for a more just, sustainable and healthier Creation; and be it further

Resolved, that the Convention encourage all members, congregations, dioceses, and other church institutions to consider prayerfully whether to partner with Interfaith Power and Light by incorporating respect and care for Creation into programs of worship and education, by reducing energy use through conservation and increased efficiency, and by replacing consumption of fossil fuels with energy from renewable resources.


The direct health effects of fossil fuel combustion are well known – whether the emissions come from the tailpipes of cars or the smokestacks of power plants. The skyrocketing incidence of asthma among young people, especially in urban areas, the pulmonary damage caused by urban smog, and acid rain are examples of these effects. It is also increasingly clear that humanity's use of fossil fuels is causing the world to warm. Climate changes are already apparent, and the increased intensity of hurricanes is one predicted effect. These changes in many cases are having direct and harmful impacts on the two-thirds of humanity who depend on natural resources for their livelihoods. As each of us is responsible for the use of fossil fuels through transportation and electricity consumption, each of us must consider how to ameliorate the damage we are causing to our environment and our neighbors.


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