An Interfaith Declaration on the Moral Responsibility of the U.S. Government to Address Global Warming

May 23, 2007 at 9:45 am | Posted in Christianity, Climate change, Collaboration, Environment, Global warming, Interfaith, Islam, Judaism, Optimism, U.S. Government | 6 Comments

Interfaith Declaration on the Moral Responsibility of the U.S. Government to Address Global Warming

Jewish, Christian and Muslim Leaders Unite over Threat to Creation

An Open Letter to the President and Congress calling for immediate action on global warming
May, 2007

An Interfaith Declaration on the Moral Responsibility of the U.S. Government to Address Global Warming

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 Koran 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.

[See the original PDF document at The Regeneration Project for named signatories or click on this image to see a larger JPEG copy.]

Interfaith Declaration on the Moral Responsibility of the U.S. Government to Address Global Warming

For more information, or to sign on to the statement, please visit:

This Open Letter appeared yesterday in two Capitol Hill newspapers. This is how Reuters introduced it:

Religious leaders urge action on warming

The letter is signed by top officials of the National Council of Churches, the Islamic Society of North America and the political arm of the Reform branch of Judaism.

Top officials from several mainline Christian denominations, including the Episcopal Church, United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church, African Methodist Episcopal Church and Alliance of Baptists also signed the letter, along with leaders of regional organizations and individual churches.



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  1. Thanks for sharing this. I’m happy to see my denomination (The United Church of Chris) signed on to this!

  2. I’m happy to see that my denomination (The United Church of Christ) signed onto this!

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. That’s brilliant, and exactly what is needed! If faiths can set aside long-standing and deeply-held differences in hopes of saving the world, the excuses of profiteers and “not-my-problem” merchants seem even more petty. Let’s see – that’s science, politics and faith, all in broad agreement for the first time since… when? I’m not sure how anyone – especially anyone that claims to believe in democracy – can think it’s still time to dither, let alone be actively skeptical… 🙂

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  5. P.S. I just found this earlier call for Creation Care reported by NewScientist as I was backtracking from today’s article God ~ the new weapon against climate change in that magazine (to which I subscribe).

  6. Your post on global warming makes me think you might be interested in the post and comments on international governance (i.e., expanding the multi-level governance) regarding pollution limits. See:

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