Become part of a conversation about a Presbyterian witness of caring for God’s creation that focuses on climate change and our denominational relationship to the fossil fuel industry.
Once understood to provide a real social good in affordable energy, the fossil fuel industry has become obstructionist in preventing us from moving to safe and renewable energy sources that preserve rather than destroy God’s creation.
In the process of extracting and consuming their goods, fossil fuel industries exacerbate climate change, destroy land and community, foul air and water, and take a high toll in human health and welfare among populations often least able to cope with the consequences.
In Matthew 25: 31-46 Jesus calls us to care for the “least of these.” Climate change is creating a reality where there are more people than ever who are hungry, thirsty, and homeless. It is thus poised to create the most massive human rights violation the world has ever seen. Furthermore it creates more suffering, directly at odds with caring for the least of these and loving our neighbor in response to Jesus’ commandments to us in Scripture. If we are called to love one another, then it is morally and theologically wrong to profit from the destruction of creation.
The 217th General Assembly in 2006 resolved that “the urgency, injustice and seriousness of this issue calls us as Christians to act NOW and act boldly to lead the way in reducing our energy usage” and that “we should make a bold witness by aspiring to live carbon neutral lives.” Eight years later, the urgency has increased dramatically and the PC(USA) must act boldly by divesting from fossil fuels. As environmentalist Bill McKibben says: “If it’s wrong to wreck the climate, then it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.”
President Obama acknowledged the moral imperative of climate change, in his recent Climate Action speech: “Speak up at town halls, church groups, PTA meetings. Push back on misinformation. Speak up for the facts. Broaden the circle of those who are willing to stand up for our future […] Invest. Divest […] Make yourself heard on this issue.”
are working to open a conversation within PCUSA congregations about divesting
the PCUSA from fossil fuels. We will bring an overture to General Assembly in
2014 on this issue.
Will you join us?