Excerpt from the International Affairs Committee report on Climate Change (2010)
The earth is a gift from God. Human life relies on the stability of the ecosystem for survival. For God’s people, consideration of the planet’s wellbeing begins with proclamation and praise. Human beings, understanding their creation in God’s image, have too often interpreted god’s power and might as license to rule over the rest of God’s creation, making it subservient to human will. We are not owners, but stewards of God’s good earth.
Warming of the climate system is unequivocal…we must both mitigate, meaning implementing policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and adapt, meaning reduce the vulnerability of our systems against actual climate change effects…The scope and challenges of climate change are enormous, but there are changes that we can make and are making individually and within our congregations. We are at a threshold. The choices we make today will determine the depth of the impact of climate change on future generations.