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Eco-Justice Resolutions
from Dioceses of the Episcopal Church

Energy Conservation and Sustainable Development

Passed by the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island in 2007


Energy Conservation and Sustainable Development

Resolved,
That this 217th Convention of the Diocese of Rhode Island recommends to all parishes, missions and institutions of the Diocese that have not done so to have energy audits conducted by certified professionals on all owned and/or occupied buildings in order to establish a baseline of energy use before the 218th Diocesan Convention and

Resolved,
That this 217th Convention of the Diocese of Rhode Island encourages all Episcopalians to add their voices of faith to the growing efforts relating to climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development and clean air and water and

Resolved,
That congregations be encouraged to engage in the process of "greening" their churches utilizing the support of faith-based organizations such as Rhode Island Interfaith Power and Light.


Explanation:

According to the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the United States national Academy of Sciences, burning oil, coal and natural gas in cars, power plants and industrial processes creates carbon dioxide pollution and global warming. Global warming is recognized by the religious leaders, the world's leading scientists, business leaders and national governments as perhaps the greatest threat to human health, livelihood and security today. According to scientists, global warming will likely produce rising sea levels, extreme weather events and increased disease and drought. Because global warming will impact all of God's creation on Earth and will have a disproportionate impact on developing nations and people living in poverty, it has become a critical moral issue of our time1.

As people of God, we are called to care for God’s gift of creation. People of faith are called to be moral images of God and to reflect God’s divine love and justice through “keeping” the Garden (Gen. 2:15). We can strive to reduce the impacts of our energy consumption in order to fulfill the ministry to be better stewards of God’s creation.

Submitted by:

Mr. Arthur Olsen, Delegate, St. Augustine’s, Kingston

Notes:

1 Excerpted from a recent report to “The National Council of Churches USA"

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