Nearly every faith tradition believes that human beings have a special responsibility to care for creation. Learn more from their statements of faith and their programs of action:
Presbyterians for Earth Care — Presbyterians for Earth Care Presbyterians for Earth Care (PEC) is a nationwide network that cares for God’s Creation by Connecting with God and others through biblical and theological reflection, study, and experiencing God in Creation; Equipping members with news and effective tools and resources; and Inspiring members through conferences on timely eco-justice issues and Creation-honoring worship.
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life — COEJL is a leading Jewish environmental organization in the United States, mobilizing the Jewish Community to conserve energy, increase sustainability, and advocate for policies that increase energy efficiency and security.
Episcopal Ecological Network (EpEN) — The Episcopal Ecological Network (EpEN) is a nationwide network within the Episcopal Church USA that coordinates with the Peace and Justice Ministries Office of the Episcopal Church USA.
Catholic Coalition on Climate Change — In 2006, the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change was launched with the support of both the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Religious Partnership for the Environment.
Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth — We envision a world in which reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth are central to the lives of all people. Our purpose is to inspire, facilitate, and support personal, congregational, and denominational practices that honor and sustain the Earth and all beings.
Evangelical Environmental Network — A ministry dedicated to the care of God’s creation. EEN seeks to equip, inspire, disciple, and mobilize God’s people in their effort to care for God’s creation.
Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences — Islam teaches Muslims to respect Allah’s creation and maintain the balance He created. Allah commands, “Do not cause corruptions on the earth” (2:11)
Web of Creation — The Web of Creation was established to foster the movement for personal and social transformation to a just and sustainable world from religious perspectives and is maintained by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
National Council of Churches — The Eco-Justice Program office of the National Council of Churches works in cooperation with the NCC Eco-Justice Working Group to provide an opportunity for the national bodies of member Protestant and Orthodox communions to work together to protect and restore God’s Creation.
United Methodist Church — “The U.S. must move beyond its dependence on high carbon fossil fuels that produce emissions leading to climate change and ratify the Kyoto Protocol under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.” (2004 Book of Resolutions, “U.S. Energy Policy and United Methodist Responsibility.”
Society of Friends — The Quaker Earthcare Witness works to integrate into the beliefs and practices of the Religious Society of Friends the Truth that God’s Creation is to be respected, protected, and held in reverence in its own right, and the Truth that human aspirations for peace and justice depend upon restoring the earth’s ecological integrity.
Ecological Buddhism — Sustainable development meets the requirements of the present, without damaging the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. A long-term view is essential, in the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, for a future to be possible . Human beings are very much more than economic units. The assumption that progress is the creation of ever more wealth and possessions is a documented cause of anxiety and mental illness.
United Church of Christ — Justice and Witness Ministries has long been a leader in the Environmental Justice movement. People of faith are beginning to realize that global warming and climate change are issues of environmental justice. In the U.S., 5% of the world’s population consumes 25% of the earth’s resources, thus contributing a disproportionate amount to global warming. It is an issue of injustice between those who “have” and those who “have not.”
International Environment Forum — IEF is a Bahá’í-inspired organization for environment and sustainability. The Bahá’í Writings state: “We cannot segregate the human heart from the environment outside us and say that once one of these is reformed everything will be improved. Man is organic with the world. His inner life moulds the environment and is itself also deeply affected by it. The one acts upon the other and every abiding change in the life of man is the result of these mutual reactions.”
The National Religious Partnership for the Environment – The the National Religious Partnership was established through its founding faith groups and denominations to further inform their efforts, and to amplify their voices in communities of faith and in the public square. By encouraging and supporting the work of faithful people across the religious spectrum — Jewish, Catholic, Orthodox, Mainline and Evangelical Protestants — the Partnership illustrates both the diversity of traditions that enriches, and the common purpose that drives, this movement.