Climate Change

Climate Change

BWA General Council Resolution 2008.9

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, July 20- 25, 2008;

Affirms the biblical teaching that God created all things and that God’s creation is good (Genesis 1: 1- 2:2), and that God has entrusted the care of creation to humans (Genesis 1:28, 29; 2: 15);

Confesses that humans have often denied or ignored our interdependence with creation and abrogated our stewardship of creation, resulting in misuse of the earth’s resources, environmental degradation, and damage to ecosystems;

Recognizes our failure as Baptists to engage with these issues in an adequate and timely manner;

Calls upon the leaders of the Baptist World Alliance to strongly support and encourage government, corporate and community initiatives to address the causes of human-induced climate change, including but not limited to:

a.) greater use of renewable energy technologies;
b.) caps on “greenhouse gas” emissions;
c.) carbon trading;
d.) greater use of “green” architecture, town planning and transport; e.) encouragement to conserve, reuse and recycle goods;

Urges members and member bodies of the Baptist World Alliance to practice environmental stewardship, and promote education with the purpose of honoring God and enhancing the common good;

Calls upon appropriate Commissions and Workgroups of the Baptist World Alliance to study these issues with the view to making further recommendations to advance global Baptist action on climate change.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2008 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2008.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2008 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2008), pp. 136- 137.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2008.9 Climate Change; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

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Stewardship of the Earth

BWA General Council Resolution 1989.1

We affirm that God is creator all life and as stewards of God’s earth, we members of the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, August 1989, acknowledge the interdependence of all life. As stewards of God’s earth we are concerned for our global environment and threats to its delicate balance—today and for the future.

Every continent is affected by irresponsible patterns of life: the depletion of non- renewable resources, explosive population growth, worldwide deforestation, pollution of air, land and water, the use of synthetic materials which are not biodegradable, the failure to recycle and the buildup of waste.

THEREFORE, we call upon our worldwide Baptist family to:

Recognize and accept our responsibility for stewardship of God’s good earth;

Learn of the environmental dangers facing our planet;

Share information and resources developed in our various conventions and unions;

Pursue a responsible lifestyle, respecting the integrity of creation, and

Exert our influences through industry, business, agriculture, government and as persons to protect and restore the delicate balance of nature.

In particular, we call upon governments to lead their industry and people by example through their public utilities with special reference to greenhouse and other noxious emissions and effluence.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1989 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1989.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1989 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1989), p. 61.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1989.1 Stewardship of the Earth; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1989.1).

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Stewardship of the Earth

BWA General Council Resolution 1992.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 4-12, 1992:

BELIEVES that Baptists need to take seriously the implications of God’s creation of our world and the stewardship given to humankind within that creation;

ASSERTS that human sinfulness has developed an exploitative ethic which puts the sustaining of that creation in jeopardy evident in the ecological crises facing the world today;

RECOGNIZES that evidence for such a crisis is to be found, for example, in:

• the rapid deforestation of the earth’s surface,

• the accumulation of radio-active waste,

• the over-exploitation of fisheries, the degradation of marine eco-systems and the pollution of the seas,

• the contamination of soils through the undisciplined use of pesticides,

• the impact of hazardous emissions into the atmosphere leading to a depletion of the ozone layer, in turn hastening the impact of the “greenhouse effect.”

NOTES the increasing consciousness of these problems reflected in the meeting of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro earlier this year;

BELIEVES that while such an occasion was useful in highlighting concern about these issues, the commitments of governments in both the developed and developing world to remedial action are as yet inadequate; and,

CALLS UPON the Baptist community worldwide, both to continue to press upon governments the need for action in defense of tomorrow’s world and ourselves to adopt responsible patterns of consumption and behavior which do not jeopardize the future of the created order.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992), p. 172.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1992.3 Stewardship of the Earth; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1992.3).

Climate Change

Climate Change

BWA General Council Resolution 2009.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Ede, the Netherlands, July 27-August 1, 2009;

Affirms the biblical teaching of respect for the Earth and everything in it, and the moral imperative to love one’s neighbors as oneself including those of future generations;

Notes that the United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled for December 7-18, 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark, will consider a new global climate treaty to set greenhouse gas emission reductions for industrialized and major developing countries, and adaption assistance for developing nations;

Confesses that many Baptists have not taken seriously the global environmental crisis;

Desires to follow up the implications of the climate change resolution adopted at the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance in Prague, Czech Republic, in July 2008;

Calls upon national government bodies urgently to initiate climate change legislation which will strengthen the terms of the Copenhagen treaty;

Calls upon Baptist individuals, churches, unions and conventions to recognize the Copenhagen conference as a landmark event, to pray for and support efforts made there, and to make ecologically- appropriate lifestyle changes as a matter of Christian discipleship.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2009 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2009.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2009 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2009), p. 140.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2009.4 Climate Change; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2009.4).

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Resolution on the Paris Agreement and Climate Change

BWA General Council Resolution 2016.3

The Baptist World Alliance General Council, meeting in Vancouver, Canada, July 6-8, 2016: CONTINUES TO BELIEVE AND AFFIRM:

• God is the creator, sustainer, and Lord of all, delights in creation, and is committed to its care and renewal;

• The biblical teaching that the earth is God’s creation and we, also as God’s creation, are to nurture and care for it;

RENEWS its desire to follow-up the implications of the climate change resolutions made at the General Councils in Prague, the Czech Republic (2008); Ede, the Netherlands (2009); and Santiago, Chile (2012);

RECOGNIZES that leaders from 195 countries gathered in Paris in December 2015 for a United Nations Conference on Climate Change, which led to the signing of the Paris Agreement by 174 countries on Earth Day (April 22) in 2016;

NOTES that this is the most widely endorsed climate agreement to date and one that includes many legally binding provisions;

LAMENTS that climate change is a current reality, resulting in rising sea levels, droughts, the spread of diseases, more violent storms, disruptions to animal species, and greater food insecurity;

EXPRESSES special concern for nations with fewer resources to address the negative consequences, including the increasing number of climate refugees;

ACKNOWLEDGES that all of us have contributed to historic carbon levels, damaging God’s creation and harming our global neighbors, and that those of us in nations contributing more to climate change need to listen to the stories of those already impacted; and

URGES global Baptists to develop a vibrant theology of creation care, educating and advocating for practices based on love of neighbor over economic gain.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2016 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2016.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2016 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2016), p. 142.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2016.3 Resolution on the Paris Agreement and Climate Change; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2016.3).