Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 79th General Convention affirm the importance of Episcopal Schools, Camps and Conference Centers in educating generations of Episcopalians, especially in matters of stewardship and relationship with Creation; and be it further
Resolved, That the General Convention, recognizing the timely importance of these conversations, commend all Episcopal Schools, Camp and Conference Centers, or other church-owned properties in making environmental stewardship and care of creation key components of formation in the 2019-2021 triennium; and be it further
Resolved, That the General Convention, as part of The Episcopal Church’s response to stand with international partners in affirming the Paris Climate Accord, commend each of the eighty-five (85) camp and conference centers in the Episcopal Church to establish “Paris Groves,” plantings of trees at the camp and conference centers or other church-owned properties that will serve as a visible witness to the significance of the Paris Accord and do the practical work of sequestration of carbon from the atmosphere; and be it further
Resolved, that each camp and conference center determine both the tree species and appropriate timing for their ecosystem and plant those species; and be it further
Resolved, that each Episcopalian be encouraged to donate for the establishment of Paris Groves or the maintenance of an existing forest; and be it further
Resolved, that the General Convention invite each Confirmand, person received into the Episcopal Church and each person reaffirming his or her Baptismal vows to plant a tree in gratitude and to cherish the wondrous works of God and protect and restore the beauty and integrity of all creation.
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