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This section outlines some of the official statements on religion and ecology. It is divided into four subsections:

1. Early Statements on Religion and Ecology
2. Official Statements on Religion and Ecology from Religious Organizations
3. Official Statements on Religion and Ecology
4. Church Related Organizations Working with Environmental Issues

The statements listed here are reflective of some of the current statements on religion and ecology. It is not meant to be an exhaustive listing of all statements on religion and ecology.


1. Early Statements Calling for the Religious Community to Address Environmental Issues

Global Forum, Moscow: January 1990
(Obtained Through the National Religious Partnership for the Environment)
“Preserving and Cherishing the Earth: An Appeal for Joint Commitment in Science and Religion”

National Religious Partnership for the Environment 1991
“The Joint Appeal in Religion and Science: Statement by Religious Leaders at the Summit on Environment”

Union of Concerned Scientists 1992
“World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity”

 

2. Official Statements on Religion and Ecology from Religious Organizations


Buddhism

Statement Prepared by Kevin Fossey
Buddhism Faith Statement on Ecology


Daoism


The China Daoist Association

Daoist Faith Statement


Indigenous Traditions


Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER)

Environmental Capacity-building Initiatives for First Nations

First Nations Environmental Network
“Voices for Mother Earth”

Statement Submitted by Thomas Banyacya
Hopi Message to the United Nations General Assembly


Jainism

Statement Prepared by Dr L. M. Singhvi for the Institute of Jainology

Jain Faith Statement


Judaism


Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL)

“Mission Statement”

Interfaith Climate Network
Let There Be Light: Energy Conservation and God's Creation

Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Confronting the Challenge of Climate Change

Jewish Council for Public Affairs
JCPA Statement on Environmental Leadership and Justice

Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Resolution On Energy And Environment Priorities

National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council
Statement on The Protection of Biological Diversity

Statement Prepared by Professor Nahum Rakover for the World Jewish Congress
Jewish Faith Statement


Shinto 

Statement Prepared by the Jinja Honcho

Shinto Faith Statement


Christianity


National Council of Churches (NCC)

Eco-justice Working Group


National Religious Partnership for the Environment
“Mission Statement”


World Council of Churches

Justice, Peace, and Creation Concerns
“The Earth’s Atmosphere: Responsible Caring and Equitable Sharing for a Global Commons”
“WCC Statement to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP3” 
"Churches for Water in Africa"


Interfaith Organizations


Interfaith Council for Environmental Stewardship

The Montserrat Statement (Buddhist and Christian)


Other Organizations: Religion and Science


Joint Appeal by Religion and Science for the Environment

“Declaration of the ‘Mission to Washington’”

 

3. Official Statements on Religion and Ecology


Christian Denominational Statements

Note that official statements and resolutions are defined differently from various denominational perspectives. Please read the overview pages of each denomination to gain a clearer understanding of how these statements are presented and acted upon within the organization.


American Baptist


“Policy Statements and Resolutions Home Page”

Policy Statement on “Ecology: An Ecological Situational Analysis”
Resolution on “Environmental Concerns”
Resolution on “Global Warming”
Resolution on “Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste”
Resolution on “Individual Lifestyle for Ecological Responsibility”
Resolution on “Nuclear Power: Seeking Rational Solutions”


Catholic Church

Alberta Bishops Letter on Ecology
(October 4, 1998)
“Celebrate Life: Care for Creation

Archdiocese of Santa Fe (October 1516, 2000)
New Mexico Religious Leaders Statement to the Interfaith Climate Change Training Event

Bishops Pastoral Letter (2001)
“Columbia River Watershed: Caring for Creation and the Common Good”

“The Columbia River Watershed: Caring for Creation and the Common Good: Reflection Guide”

Boston Province Bishops Pastoral Letter on the Environment (October 4, 2000)
“And God Saw That It Was Good”

Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)
What is Happening to Our Beautiful Land?

New Mexico Catholic Conference
“Partnership for the Future”

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
“Toward a Better Distribution of Land”

Pope John Paul
Address to Farmers and Agricultural Representatives (2000)
“Earth is Entrusted to Humanity’s Use, Not Abuse”

Pope John Paul
“The Ecological Crisis: A Common Responsibility”

Pope John Paul XXIII: Encyclical Letter

Pacem in Terris: “On Establishing Universal Peace in Truth, Justice, Charity, and Liberty”

Pope John Paul’s Homily
(2000)
“We Must Be the Custodians of Nature”

Pope John Paul II and Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople
Roman Catholic-Eastern Orthodox Joint Declaration on the Environment

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
Environmental Initiatives
Community Supported Agriculture

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Environmental Justice Public Policy (Brownfields, Energy, Takings, Climate Change)
“Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good”
“Renewing the Earth”
USCCB Environmental Justice Program


Episcopal Church

General List of Statements on:
Environmental Stewardship
Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation
Land Use

Episcopal Church Involvement in Special Projects
“Peace and Justice: Environmental Stewardship”


Other Episcopal Resources
Episcopal Ecological Network (EEN)


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Caring for Creation

Studies and Other Study Papers
"Can New Nuclear Weapons Prevent Nuclear War?"
Nuclear Energy: Problems and Promises (1980)

Church Involvement in Special Projects
Environmental Education and Advocacy

 

Greek Orthodox: Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
Presentations and Reports from Seminars and Symposiums on Religion, Science, and the Environment

Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople
Protocol No. 765

Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople and Pope John Paul II
Eastern Orthodox-Roman Catholic Joint Declaration on the Environment


United Church of Canada
Energy in the One Earth Community
Justice, Peace, and Creation
One Earth Community: A Statement of Ethical Principles for Environment and Development

United Methodist Church
From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church
Statements on “Animal Life”
Statements on “Energy Resources Utilization”
Statements on “Space" and on “Science and Technology”
Statements on “The Natural World”
Statements on “Water, Air, Soil, Minerals, Plants”
Additional related statements about the Natural World can be found in The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church (no on-line format available).

Unitarian Universalist
General Resources
UU Master Page for Actions, Resolutions, and Resources (1961�2000)
Master page on “Ecological Resolutions”

General Environmental Resolutions
Resolution on “Earth, Air, Water, and Fire” (1997)
Resolution on the “Environment” (1969)
Resolution on the “Environment” (1971)
Resolution on “Natural Resources” (1966)
Resolution on “Protecting the Biosphere” (1989)
“Seventh Principal of the UU Principals and Purposes Statement”

Energy Issues
Resolution on “Alternative Sources and Conservation of Energy” (1981)
Resolution on “Safer Alternatives to the Alaska Pipeline” (1973)
Resolution on “Energy” (1977)
Resolution on “Nuclear Power” (1976)
Resolution on “Safer Sources of Energy” (1992)
Resolution on “Solar Heating” (1979)

Environmental Justice
Resolution on “Carcinogens in Air and Water” (1976)
Resolution on “Environmental Justice” (1994)
Resolution on “Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste” (1984)
Resolution on “Toxic Threats to Children” (1997)

Policy Issues
Resolution on “Problems of Environmental Policy” (1977)
Resolutions on “United Nations and Earth Day Celebrations” (1994)

Population
Resolution on “Choices Affecting Population” (1990)
Resolution on “Population” (1962)
Resolution on “Population and Development” (1996)
Resolution on “Population and the Quality of Life” (1975)
Resolution on “Population Stabilization” (1973)
Resolution on “Survival and Population Control” (1970)
Resolution on “World Hunger and Population Control” (1966)

Additional Denominational Statements on the Environment
The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty

 

Islamic Statements

Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Guardians of the Natural Order

United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development
Islamic Declaration on Sustainable Development
The original draft of the first official Islamic statement was entitled, the "Jeddah Environment Declaration." This statement was later renamed the "Islamic Declaration on Sustainable Development." This statement is included in the United Nations (UN) World Summit on Development (Johannesburg, South Africa) paper entitled, "General Framework of Islamic Agenda for Sustainable Development Islamic Declaration on Sustainable Development: Background Paper No.5."

Statement Prepared by Hyder Ihsan Mahasneh for the Muslim World League
Islamic Faith Statement

 

4. Religiously Related Organizations Working with Environmental Issues

Christianity

Episcopal
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS)
“Mission Statement”

Episcopal Power and Light: The Regeneration Project

The Episcopal Working Group on Science, Technology, and Faith
“Mission Statement”

Lutheran
Environmental Education and Advocacy


Presbyterian

Presbyterians for Restoring Creation
“Mission Statement”


Unitarian Universalist

Ministry for Earth (formerly the Seventh Principal Project)


Other Ecumenical Agencies
Eco-Justice Ministries