HEADS OF COMMUNION LETTER TO PRESIDENT CLINTON ON GLOBAL WARMING
The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton
The White House
Washington, DC 20500
November 20, 2000
As leaders of member churches of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., we write to urge you to complete the negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol to the Framework Convention on Climate Change in The Hague, November 13-25, and prepare the treaty for ratification by the United States Senate. We pledge you our active support and commitment to educate our communities about the need to reverse global warming.
The National Council of Churches has been historically and continues to be concerned about protecting the quality of our environment. We believe that the earth is the Lords and that as communities of faith, we are called to be good and faithful stewards of Gods creation. We believe that God, through Jesus Christ, heals the brokenness in creation that human beings have caused.
We have been encouraged by your Administrations public commitment to address climate change. We are convinced that leadership from the United States, especially in the area of domestic reductions, is crucial for global efforts on climate change to be successful. The Kyoto Protocol represents the initial commitment by the nations to take the first steps in reducing emissions of the gases that are causing global warming. It is an important witness to Gods redemption of creation and to the importance of protecting Gods children and Gods creation, now and for future generations.
Climate change affects not only justice for future generations, but justice in the present. It is the least developed nations, which make a much smaller contribution to the problem, that are already suffering the effects of climate change and will be most severely impacted in the future. With only 4% of the worldıs population, the U.S. emits 22% of the worldıs greenhouse gas emissions. For this reason alone, the United States has a unique responsibility to address the problem of climate change without a delay.
The negotiations in The Hague will consider emissions trading and several flexible mechanisms. It is critical that industrial nations truly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and not put an unjust burden on the developing nations. Moreover, by reducing the emissions of US industry and vehicles, the air of US communities will be made cleaner and healthier, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
We have committed ourselves to working for the passage of the Protocol in the Senate. Before that can happen, we need your leadership to complete an effective treaty and prepare it for ratification. Adoption of this Protocol would be a significant legacy of your administration. May God bless our common efforts to protect and care for creation.
Rev. Dr. Robert Edgar
National Council of Churches Of Christ in the USA
Bishop McKinley Young
African Methodist Episcopal Church
The Rev. Dr. Robert H. Roberts
Interim General Secretary
American Baptist Churches USA
Archbishop Philip Saliba
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
The Most Reverend Archbishop Khajag Barsamian
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America
Rev. Dr. Richard L. Hamm
General Minister and President
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Rev. Paul A. Stewart, Sr.
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
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Church of the Brethren General Board
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Coptic Orthodox Church
The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold
Episcopal Church, USA
Rev. H. George Anderson
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
Greek Orthodox Church in America
Rev. Michael F. Livingston
International Council of Community Churches
Rev. Dr. Seung Koo Choi
Korean Presbyterian Church in America
His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
Rt. Rev. Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilius
Mar Thoma Church
Rev. R. Burke Johnson
Moravian Church Northern Province
Dr. Robert E. Sawyer
Moravian Church Southern Province
Rev. William J. Shaw
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
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Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
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