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Judaism and Ecology
In Genesis (1:28), God commands humans to "fill the world and capture it." The Torah permits us to use the world as we see fit.
However, a few verses later (Genesis 2:15), the Torah tempers this by telling us that God put humans in the Garden (symbolic of the entire world) "to work it and to guard it."
Christianity and Ecology
"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." ~ Revelation 22:1,2
Islam and Ecology
"It is He who drives the winds, glad tidings heralding His mercy, and We send down pure water from the sky, that We may give life thereby to a dead land and provide drink to what We have created- cattle and humans in great numbers." ~ Qur'an 25:48-9
"We made from
water every living thing, will they not then believe?" ~ Qur'an 21:30
Unitarian Universalist Association Principles and Purposes
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote
The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, West Lower Michigan Synod
A Faithful Response to Global Climate Change
Whereas, The 1993 Social Statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, "Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice," calls us to care for the creation in ways that protect the fruitfulness and viability of the Earth and the sustainability of human communities; and
Whereas, A broad scientific consensus warns that humankind's historic
Whereas, Taking whatever possible actions we can now to reduce our use of fossil fuels and reduce emissions of carbon dioxide can help mitigate the ultimate severity of the effects of global warming and provide a more hopeful future for all generations that follow; therefore, be it
Resolved, That the congregations of the North / West Lower Michigan
Resolved, That congregations seek to undertake actions to reduce and
improve their use
Resolved, That congregations seek to encourage their members to
participate in the
APPROVED by greater than 90% of 385 participants from the 131 congregations of the North / West Lower Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, meeting in annual assembly, on May 22, 2007 in Lansing, Michigan.
Alliance of Religions and Conservation
The ARC website has a variety of statements on Ecology by 11 different world religions. This is an international alliance.
Forum on Religion and Ecology (FORE): A Harvard based study center.
FORE has a very wide coverage of religious groups. It also covers some scientific groups and other non-religious groups.
US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Catholic Coalition on Climate Change
National Council of Churches in Christ (NCCC)
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL)
Evangelical Environmental Network
National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE)
US Conference of Catholic Bishops, NCCC, COEJL, Evangelical Environmental Network.
Canadian Forum on Religion and Ecology (CFORE)
Voices for Earth Justice