Office of Government Relations

Creation Care

Muir Woods, California, USA

As we are called by God to care for creation, we support policies that protect the natural resources that sustain all life on Earth. The Church calls for policies that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, promote sustainable energy, the safe and just use of natural resources, and support communities impacted by a lack of environmental stewardship. 

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Environmental Advocacy Resources

EPPN Creation Care Series 2021: The Paris Agreement and 1.5 Celsius

Creation Care General Convention Resolutions

EPPN Creation Care Series

To make an impact at the magnitude required to slow the damage humans are doing to the environment, action is required on a larger scale than what we can achieve on our own. Sound policy can make the large-scale impact required. The educational pieces below outline evolving policy, from various proposals on carbon pricing to focusing on renewable energy. Our hope is that these series will help spur a movement for greater study, reflection, and conversation across the Church.

Arctic Refuge

For more than 10,000 years, the Gwich’in, an Indigenous people who are largely Episcopalian, have lived in the area that is known today as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Gwich’in nation’s historic cultural and religious traditions designate a specific area of their land as “the sacred place where life begins.” The Episcopal Church has long stood by the Gwich’in, defending their right to existence and sustainability as this sacred land is under threat from oil exploration in the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Episcopal Church Resources

Statement: The Episcopal Church Condemns the Oil & Gas Lease Sale in the Arctic Refuge (January 2021)

Climate Change and the United Nations

Together with The Episcopal Church’s Representative to the United Nations, we advocate on the international level at the UN to address climate change. We participate in the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the Conference of Parties, or CoP, an annual intergovernmental meeting focused on global dialogue and action on climate issues.

Episcopal Church Resources

The Episcopal Church and COP27 Webpage

Climate Resiliency and Disaster Preparedness

In the U.S. and internationally natural disasters are becoming more severe, and communities, especially those that are marginalized or impoverished, face significant barriers to recovery. We advocate for federal programs that help communities prepare for and recover from natural disasters such as flooding, wind, and forest fires.

Episcopal Church Resources

Partner Resources

ecoAmerica & Blessed Tomorrow

A program by people of faith, for people of faith, that offers ideas, tools and language to address the impacts to our climate. Check out these resources for tested messaging to deepen engagement within The Episcopal Church on the environment as part of our moral imperative to care for creation. 

Partner Resources

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