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Roman Catholic Church : “Preservation of the environment, promotion of sustainable development and particular attention to climate change are matters of grave concern for the entire human family.” Pope Benedict XVI. Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on the Occasion of the Seventh Symposium of the Religion, Science, and the Environment Movement. September 1, 2007. http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/letters/2007/documents/hf_ben-xvi_let_20070901_symposium-environment_en.html

American Baptist Churches, USA: “As people of faith and spirituality we are deeply concerned about the effects of climate change ravaging our planet, and we are compelled by our traditions and collective conscience to take action together.” American Baptist Churches USA. “Call to Action.” 2012. http://www.abc-usa.org/Resources/AmericanBaptistNewsService/tabid/79/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/421/American-Baptist-Leaders-Endorse-Interfaith-Call-to-Action.aspx

United Methodist Church: We acknowledge the global impact of humanity’s disregard for God’s creation. Rampant industrialization and the corresponding increase in the use of fossil fuels have led to a buildup of pollutants in the earth’s atmosphere. These “greenhouse gas” emissions threaten to alter dramatically the earth’s climate for generations to come with severe environmental, economic, and social implications. The adverse impacts of global climate change disproportionately affect individuals and nations least responsible for the emissions. We therefore support efforts of all governments to require mandatory reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and call on individuals, congregations, businesses, industries, and communities to reduce their emissions.” “The Social Principles: Paragraph 160.I.D,” The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2008, Nashville: Abingdon Press (2008).


Evangelical Lutheran Church of America: “The earth is a planet of beauty and abundance; the earth system is wonderfully intricate and incredibly complex. But today living creatures, and the air, soil, and water that support them, face unprecedented threats. Many threats are global; most stem directly from human activity. Our current practices may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner we know.” Evangelical Lutheran Church In America. “Environment, Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice.” 1993. http://www.elca.org/What-We-Believe/Social-Issues/Social-Statements/Environment.aspx


Presbyterian Church (USA): “Ozone depletion and global warming have risen rapidly to head the list of concerns about the future of creation. They are significantly different from other problems in several respects. They have to do with global problems that lie ahead and cannot now be measured. No place on earth will be unaffected, however. Without united action worldwide, no nation can do much about global warming and ozone depletion.” Presbyterian Church USA. “Statement on Global Climate Change.” 1990. http://www.webofcreation.org/ncc/statements/pcusa.html


The Episcopal Church: The mounting urgency of our environmental crisis challenges us at this time to confess “our self-indulgent appetites and ways,” “our waste and pollution of God’s creation,” and “our lack of concern for those who come after us” (Ash Wednesday Liturgy, Book of Common Prayer, p. 268). It also challenges us to amend our lives and to work for environmental justice and for more environmentally sustainable practices.” The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs. “Episcopal Church House of Bishops issues A Pastoral Teaching”2011. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/notice/episcopal-church-house-bishops-issues-pastoral-teaching


Judaism (Statement issued by the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, which is comprised of member agencies including those groups that represent the main branches of Judaism (Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and Reconstructionist): “The need to transform the world’s energy economy while addressing global climate change is not only a religious and moral imperative, it is a strategy for security and survival.” Coalition of Energy and Jewish Life. 2012. http://coejl.org/jecc/


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon): No statement found.


Islamic Sects: No statement found.


Jehovah’s Witnesses: The “warming of the climate system is unequivocal,” concluded the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Rising global temperatures testify to this fact.” The Watchtower: Jehovah’s Witnesses Official Website. “The Earth Has a Fever: Is There a Cure?” September 1, 2008. http://www.watchtower.org/e/20080901/article_01.htm


The United Church of Christ: Therefore be it resolved that the Twenty-sixth General Synod of the United Church of Christ admits Christian complicity in the damage human beings have caused to the earth’s climate system and other planetary life systems, and urges recommitment to the Christian vocation of responsible stewardship of God’s creation, and expresses profound concern for the pending environmental, economic, and social tragedies threatened by global warming, to creation, human communities and traditional sacred spaces…” United Church of Christ. “A Resolution on Climate Change.” http://www.ucc.org/synod/resolutions/climate-change-final.pdf


Eastern Orthodox Communion: “In our time, more than ever before, there is an undeniable obligation for all to understand that environmental concern for our planet does not comprise a romantic notion of the few. The ecological crisis, and particularly the reality of climate change, constitutes the greatest threat for every form of life in our world. Moreover, there is an immediate correlation between protection of the environment and every expression of economic and social life.” Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. “Message by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for World Environment Day.”2009. http://www.ec-patr.org/docdisplay.php?lang=en&id=1071&tla=en


Hinduism: Our beloved Earth, so touchingly looked upon as the Universal Mother, has nurtured mankind through millions of years of growth and evolution. Now centuries of rapacious exploitation of the planet have caught up with us, and a radical change in our relationship with nature is no longer an option. It is a matter of survival. We cannot continue to destroy nature without also destroying ourselves. The dire problems besetting our world—war, disease, poverty and hunger—will all be magnified many fold by the predicted impacts of climate change.” Hindu Declaration on Climate Change. 2009. http://www.hinduismtoday.com/pdf_downloads/hindu-climate-change-declaration.pdf


Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): As fossil fuels like coal and oil are burned for energy, carbon pollution increases. The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached approximately 390 parts per million (ppm), significantly higher than the 350 ppm threshold scientists agree is needed to maintain a healthy global temperature. With the world population now at 7 billion, reducing carbon pollution is essential. Yet developed countries such as the U.S. contribute a disproportionate amount to global warming. Both China and the U.S. emit around 6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide a year—much more than any other country. However, with one-fourth of China’s population, the U.S. per capita rate of pollution makes it incumbent that we take responsibility for our disproportionate role in global warming…..As Christians we are called to be stewards of the earth. But individual and industrial pollution is taking a drastic toll on the environment and risking the integrity and sustainability of creation. From conservation to consumption, the way we use resources and energy reflects our values and our commitment to ensure that the earth and its abundance are shared by all around the world and by future generations.” Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Global Ministries. “Climate Change – Earth Day on April 22.” 2012 http://globalministries.org/get-involved/justice-and-advocacy/climate-change/


Religious Society of Friends (Quakers): The Earth is God’s work and not ours to do with as we please. We recall Gandhi’s saying, often quoted by Quakers: ‘Live simply that others may simply live’. As a Quaker community, we do try to live what we believe, guided by the values of simplicity, truth, equality and peace. Too often we fall short of honouring them. Climate change is challenging us to ask anew what our faith leads us to do.” Quaker United Nations Office. 2010. http://www.quno.org/geneva/pdf/economic/DangerousLure%20GR201010.pdf

Anglican Communion: “Now we are facing another huge, huge enemy. And no one, no country can fight that enemy on his own … an enemy called global warming, climate change.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu. November 28, 2011. “Desmond Tutu Calls Climate Change a Huge Enemy.” http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/desmond-tutu-calls-climate-change-huge-enemy-20111128-1o2xo.html#ixzz22xwlnAqL