Role of Faith Communities
WIPL Statement on Global Climate Change
Why “a religious response to climate change”?
This is an historic moment when Jews, Christians, and Muslims stand together in solidarity with a shared sense of moral purpose on global warming. We accept the overwhelming scientific evidence which forecasts extreme consequences for the Earth and all its inhabitants if we fail to act. We support each other as we take leadership in our distinctive religions to address this challenge to all of humankind.
Each of our diverse traditions has a common concern for creation. The Hebrew Bible calls us to "till and to keep" the garden. The Quran declares that God created the Earth in balance, and that human beings are the trustees of creation. Christians, too, are challenged to be stewards of the garden and to love our neighbors. All of our traditions call us to serve and protect the poor and vulnerable. And it is the world's poor, who contribute the least to this problem, who will suffer the most from global warming.
Our Earth is in great peril. We cannot risk the consequences of inaction. Recognizing that human beings are largely responsible for creating this problem we stand together as brothers and sisters dedicated to finding solutions.
Global warming is not just a political and economic issue. It is a moral and spiritual issue that calls for leadership from faith communities. Therefore, we are mobilizing a religious force that will persuade our legislators to take immediate action to curb greenhouse gases. We believe that placing science-based, mandatory limits on greenhouse emissions is one of the most effective ways to reverse the warming trend. These limits can be achieved in ways that will stimulate the economy, encourage technological innovation, and lift up the poor. We can begin by investing in renewable energy, embracing an ethic of conservation, and prioritizing a healthy environment.
Today we stand together as a religious force for change. We have seen
the truth and must declare it. Global warming is real, it is human-induced,
and we have the responsibility to act. We will work together in an historic
effort to pave the way for a cultural change in America. And while recognizing
our differences, we agree on a call to action. We stand together with
a shared purpose: a reverence for life.
Wind Turbine Congregation
As early as March of 2002,
WICEC was arranging to hold a meeting to help
On January 20, 2006, a meeting
was held at Rev. Wild's church to review
Protecting Our Creation
can be fun as demonstrated by board members (left to
On April 19, 2006, Sr. Janet
Weyker invited the entire WICEC Board of
The day's board meeting was
preceded with a tour of the Eco-Justice
Part of the day included feeding the llamas.
Feeding the llamas.
the Role of Faith Communities in Confronting the Challenge
In fact, Americans are ultimately persuaded not by scientific facts but by ethical arguments and for the majority of Americans, these are rooted in religious institutions and traditions. Jane Elder, executive director of the Project, therefore lists the following reasons for bringing religious ethics into the environmental realm: “…Most lasting social change is anchored in a deep moral imperative…values-based rationales for protecting [the Earth’s environment] are widely held and persuasive…reframing the debate humanizes and personalizes choices about [environmental sustainability]…[and] understanding ethics will help us make better decisions on complex issues.”