WHEREAS, God calls us to Care for Creation with Vision, Hope, and Justice [1993 ELCA social statement], 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 and increasing use of fossil fuels is contributing to and accelerating global climate change, and that climate change due to global warming is expected to cause severe and disruptive changes to all of creation through: more frequent extreme weather events, rising sea levels, more frequent deadly heat waves, increasing extinction of species, spread of tropical diseases, disruptions in food supplies, and displacement of human communities, with these impacts most likely being felt disproportionately by those already living in poverty, here and around the world; and


WHEREAS, taking whatever actions we can, now, to reduce our use of fossil fuels, and to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, can help to mitigate and lessen the ultimate severity of the effects of global warming and provide a more hopeful future for “the least of these” and the generations which follow us;


THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that congregations of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod will seek to help their members become more informed on the problem of global warming and on possible solutions, by taking advantage of available educational resources; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that congregations will seek to undertake actions to reduce and improve their use of energy, through increased efficiency [such as with Energy Star appliances and compact fluorescent lights], conservation, and cleaner, renewable [such as wind, solar, biomass] fuel choices; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that congregations will seek to encourage their members to sign up for the ELCAs’s e-Advocacy program and to advocate for energy policies at the State and National levels, that will promote cleaner, renewable, and more efficient energy use for all sectors of our society.

Resolution on Climate Change

North/West Lower Michigan Synod in Assembly May 20-22, 2007