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55 and policy, especially with respect to public witness concerning emergent environmental issues such as global climate change, desertification and access to potable water, and wetlands/coastal erosion. 6. Affirm that all living creatures require potable water to live; that water, being essential to life, is a human right that must be accessible to all people, and that plans for urban growth, suburban sprawl, and rural development should all be conditional on the wise stewardship of water. Rationale On approval: Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice is and has been an important call in the life of the church. Informing environmental justice ministries and Presbyterians for Restoring Creation (now Presbyterians for Creation Care), this “Call to Restore Creation” continues to guide our understanding of what it means to be in relationship with God’s creation. This call has been reaffirmed by other assemblies, including the 208th General Assembly (2008) that, in Hope for a Global Future, appeals to the 1990 “Call to Restore Creation,” affirming that “human life and well-being depend upon the flourishing of other life and the integrity of the life-supporting processes that God has ordained” (Minutes, 1996, Part I, .p. 534) On Recommendation 4: Environmental concern is necessarily a wholeworld and whole-church commitment as well as a personal commitment incumbent upon all Christians as a means of living faithfully in God’s shared creation. The interrelatedness of elements of the biosphere demands a holistic attention to the environment that reaffirms the Presbyterian environmental policy commitment to “sustainability, sufficiency, participation, and solidarity” in addressing the ethics of ecology and justice. Environmental commitment is also confronted by the reality of new environmental issues that unfold as humankind inhabits the earth and explores the universe. On Recommendation 5: Several environmental issues have arisen or become more acute since the 1990 adoption of “Restoring Creation.” While the concerns of “Restoring Creation” remain continuing commitments, these “new” environmental issues have expanded

Faith-Based Statements on Climate Change  

A collection of faith-based statements on climate change from volunteers of Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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