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The Michigan Interfaith Global Warming Campaign
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2001 Contacts: Kim Winchell (517) 695-2402
Catherine Greener (810)
CITING RELIGIOUS VALUES, STATE RELIGIOUS LEADERS "DEEPLY TROUBLED"
OVER BUSH'S (IN)ACTIONS ON GLOBAL WARMING
Recent actions and statements by the Bush Administration on global warming
policy have brought a rapid and strongly negative response from leaders in
the faith community of Michigan and across the country. In recent days, the
President has announced that he will not continue U.S. participation in the
Kyoto Protocol's international negotiations on climate change.
"This is an extremely disappointing failure of leadership and responsibility.
The way to solve a global problem such as human-accelerated climate change
is to stay engaged in negotiations, not walk away," said Kim Winchell, a
Lutheran and the state coordinator for the Michigan Interfaith Global Warming
Last Thursday (March 29), as reported in the Washington Post, a number of
national religious leaders sent a letter to President Bush to express their
concern over recent developments and their desire to meet with him for
discussion. They described the threat of climate change to the "quality of
life for God's creation and God's children" as a matter of "paramount moral
Since June 1999, a broad diversity of Protestant, Roman Catholic, Muslim, and
Jewish congregations and leaders have been educating and organizing as part
of the Michigan Interfaith Global Warming Campaign. A Bible study guide on
global warming and information on energy efficiency have been distributed to
hundreds of congregations around the state.
The SE Michigan Chapter of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life
(SEM COEJL), which was formed shortly after Michigan's campaign began, is
also actively working to raise awareness on the religious implications of
global warming. "Jewish tradition teaches that 'The Earth is the Lord's and
the fullness thereof.' We are merely caretakers of God's creation, and are
obligated to preserve and protect it for future generations. Responsible
stewardship demands that we address the damaging effects of global climate
change and other environmental threats,"
said Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, of the Jewish Community Council of Metropolitan
"At the outset of our campaign, we issued a statement signed by 41 senior
religious leaders of Michigan, affirming our belief that global warming
presents a challenge filled with religious, moral, and justice implications.
We are called to tend the earth and have concern for our fellow humans," said
The statement calls global warming an "inescapable religious challenge" that
"violates God's creation, afflicts God's children [and] violates moral and
religious principles of justice." The U.S., with 4% of the world's
population, is responsible for 25% of global warming gas emissions.
"As people of faith committed to justice, protection of creation, and strong
U.S. leadership in the world, we are deeply troubled by President Bush's
decision to abandon the Kyoto Protocol, the international global climate
change treaty that is the only current mechanism to seriously address global
warming" said the Rev. Dr. Kent J. Ulery, Conference Minister of the United
Church of Christ's Michigan Conference, Lansing. "We've heard a lot about
what the President is not going to do; we'd like to know what he is going to
do about the very real problem of global warming."
Similar organizing activities are currently underway in more than 20 states
across the U.S., with participation of leaders and members from Jewish,
mainline Protestant, historic Black Church, Roman Catholic, Orthodox
Christian, and Muslim denominations.
[text of and signatories to the 1999 Michigan leaders' statement available on
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and Conservation Issues and Michigan-based Citizen Action. Archives at
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