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Eco-Justice Resolutions
from Dioceses of the Episcopal Church

Environmental Protection and
Reducing the Impacts of Climate Change

Passed by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, January 2008


Action for Environmental Protection and Reducing the Impacts of Climate Change

Resolved, that this 213th Annual Council join with those calling for a national inter-faith conference to launch a multi-faith campaign on climate change, to be known as the "Genesis Covenant," and be it further

Resolved, that this 213th Annual Council respectfully requests that within 30 days of the passage of this resolution the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia write to the Presiding Bishop to express our support for the "Genesis Covenant," and be it further

Resolved, that this 213th Annual Council directs the Executive Board to establish an annual prize, to be known as the "Lee-Atkinson Energy Savers Award" to be awarded to that parish or Diocesan organization that has made the most significant energy savings during a one-year period, and that the standards for the award be recommended by the Diocesan Committee on the Stewardship of Creation to the Executive Board by March 31, 2008, for approval and adoption and be it further

Resolved, that this 213th Annual Council calls upon each of the parishes of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia to conduct an in-house environmental audit of its energy use, consumption patterns, and plant use management, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for guidance and ideas; and be it further

Resolved, that this 213th Annual Council recommends that the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and its individual parishes and organizations work with the Diocesan Committee on the Stewardship of Creation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star for Congregations program to identify ways to save energy and reduce energy costs.


Background:

The Millennium Development Goals, adopted by the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, promote, inter alia, the protection of the earth's environment and the reduction of poverty. The two goals are clearly linked, as the health and wealth of individuals, communities, and nations around the world depend on the natural resources of creation. Humans have been charged with the care and protection of creation (Gen. 2:15). Actions to protect creation are actions to protect the most vulnerable-the poor, the sick, the very young, and the very old. And activities that enable parishes to conserve resources and money allow them to better reach out in mission activities.

After many years of study and research on the issue, the clear and urgent consensus in the international scientific community is that global climate change is a significant, growing threat and that human activities have a substantial effect on the rate of climate change and its ultimate impacts. Our Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, is inviting leading representatives of many faiths to meet in Seattle in April 2008 to develop a unified program to address climate change by religious organizations in the United States. The effort, known as the Genesis Covenant, was proposed by the Right Reverend Steven Charleston, President and Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School. The sponsors of the Resolution believe that unified action by the country's religious communities has the potential to be a catalyst for wide-ranging positive change on this issue. Similar resolutions have recently been adopted in the Dioceses of Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island.

The Diocesan Committee on the Stewardship of Creation has funds available to assist a limited number of parishes to conduct energy audits. Additional assistance may be available through other sources, and parishes are encouraged to contact the Virginia Interfaith Power and Light, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for guidance and ideas.

The Committee on the Stewardship of Creation has its roots in the foresight and courage of two Episcopal Bishops, The Right Rev. Peter James Lee, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, and The Right Rev. Robert P. Atkinson, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia and Assistant Bishop of Virginia. It is a just response to their dedication to develop and name an award that recognizes these two visionaries.

 

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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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