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The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton
The White House
Washington, DC  20500
November 20, 2000

Mr. President:

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 Lord’s and that as communities of faith, we are called to be good and faithful stewards of God’s creation. We believe that God, through Jesus Christ, heals the brokenness in creation that human beings have caused.

We have been encouraged by your Administration’s 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 God’s redemption of creation and to the importance of  protecting God’s children and God’s 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
General Secretary
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
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 

Rev. Paul A. Stewart, Sr.
Presiding Bishop
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Rev. Judy Mill Reimer
Executive Director
Church of the Brethren General Board 

His Grace Bishop Serapion
Diocesan Bishop
Coptic Orthodox Church 

The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold
Presiding Bishop
Episcopal Church, USA 

Rev. H. George Anderson
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America 

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
Greek Orthodox Church in America 

Rev. Michael F. Livingston
Executive Director
International Council of Community Churches 

Rev. Dr. Seung Koo Choi
General Secretary
Korean Presbyterian Church in America 

His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas
Diocesan Metropolitan
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church 

Rt. Rev. Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilius
Diocesan Bishop
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. 

Rev. Dr. W. L. Snead, Sr.
National Missionary Baptist Church of America 

Most Blessed Theodosius
Orthodox Church of America 

Thomas H. Jeavons
General Secretary
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers) 

Rev. Dr. Clifton Kirkpatrick
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 

Rev. Dr. C. Mackey Daniels
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. 

Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson
General Secretary
Reformed Church in America 

His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher
Presiding Bishop
Serbian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. and Canada 

Rev. Ronald P. Brugler
Swedenborgian Church 

Reverend John H. Thomas
General Minister and President
United Church of Christ 

Bishop Melvin G. Talbert
Ecumenical Officer, Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church 

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