C008 Advocacy for Creation Care

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 79th General Convention in keeping with the House of Bishops’ 2011 commitment to combat climate change urge that the members of The Episcopal Church strive to transform our individual and communal lives towards sustainability; and be it further

Resolved, That Episcopalians be encouraged to use a web-based tool to support healthy, sustainable choices; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention request that the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance allocate $30,000 to be devoted over the triennium 2019-2021 to make a web-based carbon tracking tool such as “Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home” available to all Episcopalians.


We acknowledge the important economic contribution many people have made by working in the fossil fuel industry, while we also recognize that there is an important shift toward renewable energy which will protect God’s good creation. Supporting this shift is part of the Church’s call to being part of the Jesus Movement in the world and;

Climate change is recognized as a human made threat to all God’s creation, including people, creatures and the entire created order, while particularly placing unjust and inequitable burdens and stresses on Native Peoples, poor communities and people of color.

“From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Receive the new mind appropriate to this moment, for the Beloved Community is at hand.” Matthew 4:17 with

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds.” Romans 12:2

Ethicist Larry Rasmussen has said that the most difficult transformation that humanity has ever faced is the shift from an industrial culture, based on extractive practices and objectification, to a sustainable, integrated life. Christians, since the earliest days of our faith have recognized the value, even the necessity of spiritual practice in order to receive the new life God desires for us.

The Episcopal Diocese of California has been at work in developing a web-based carbon tracking tool that has been designed to allow individual Episcopalians to make healthy life choices that support a sustainable life. The stakes for successfully accomplishing this work are particularly high for Native Peoples, members of subsistence cultures, and communities of the poor. Like popular applications that help people track what they eat and their exercise, this web-based carbon tracking tool will help Episcopalians live into their commitments to sustainability.

Called “Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home,” the new web-based carbon tracking tool can be previewed at www.diocal.org/climate One feature of this web-based tool it allows Episcopalians to support each other’s commitments. With this tool one can track not only how he or she is living into sustainable life commitments, but also to see how the congregation, Episcopal institution, diocese, and the whole Episcopal Church is moving forward towards transformation. Another feature of “Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home” is that it will be available across the Church – both the United States and in the countries and territories of the Episcopal Church outside the United States.

“Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home” will be fully functional in the Spring of 2019. Data about local energy costs, for instance, is being loaded for the diverse geographic and political areas of the Episcopal Church. Such background data will make “Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home” more user-friendly, as compared with needing to look this up oneself. The initial cost of development and adaptation, up to the Spring 2019 launch is being borne by the Diocese of California, several parishes of the diocese, and by individual Episcopalians within and outside the diocese. The requested $30,000 for the triennium 2019-2021 will ensure that the background data will be kept fresh and up-to-date, and will provide “Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home” without cost to users.

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