Through our Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions, The United Methodist Church clearly articulates a moral imperative to address climate change and care for God’s people and God’s planet. As United Methodists, we are called to give life to these words through acts of personal, social and civic engagement.
The adverse impacts of global climate change disproportionately affect individuals and nations least responsible for the emissions. We therefore support efforts of all governments to require mandatory reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and call on individuals, congregations, businesses, industries, and communities to reduce their emissions. (¶160.D Global Climate Stewardship) Read the full social principle here.
We support full cooperation of all nations in efforts to ensure equitable distribution of necessary energy supplies, the control of global warming, and rapid development and deployment of appropriate technologies based on renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, and water energy generation. [and] We strongly encourage The United Methodist Church at all levels to engage in a serious study of these energy issues in the context of Christian faith, especially the values of justice and sustainability. (Resolution 1001: Energy Policy Statement) Read the full resolution here.
The United States should focus its efforts on managing demand through conservation and efficiency and developing renewable, cleaner alternative sources of energy. Specifically, the United States must: move beyond its dependence on high carbon fossil fuels that produce emissions leading to climate change; [and] adopt strong global commitments to emission reductions within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change … (Resolution 1002: US Energy Policy and United Methodist Responsibility) Read the full resolution here.