Because our Unitarian Universalist Principles affirm "respect for the
interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part"; and
Whereas many biologists predict that up to half of all existing
species on our planet may disappear within the coming century unless urgent
steps are taken to prevent this irreparable disaster;
Whereas global warming is likely to increase the surface temperature
of the earth in our lifetimes, melting icepacks, flooding island nations,
expanding deserts, and disrupting stable ecosystems;
Whereas environmental destruction most severely affects the poor,
indigenous people, subsistence farmers, and others directly dependent on nature
for their livelihood;
Whereas the Earth Charter, an outgrowth of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit,
will be presented to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in
Johannesburg, South Africa, August 26 -- September 4, 2002;
Whereas the Earth Charter’s inclusive vision recognizes that
environmental protection, human rights, equitable human development, and peace
are interdependent and inseparable;
Whereas the Earth Charter draws upon the world’s great religious and
philosophical traditions to create a statement of human responsibility toward
creation that will offer a moral foundation for the development of international
Whereas adoption of the Earth Charter provides a tool for
policymakers, business leaders, educators, and faith communities to understand
the critical choices facing humanity and the urgent need for commitment to a
sustainable way of life; and
Whereas numerous religious, civic, and environmental organizations
have already endorsed the Earth Charter document, including the United Nations
Association of Canada, the Sierra Club, the Humane Society of the United States,
Pax Christi, the National Wildlife Federation, and International Physicians for
Prevention of Nuclear War;
Therefore be it resolved that the 2002 General Assembly of the
Unitarian Universalist Association endorses the Earth Charter and urges all the
member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association to do likewise;
Be it further resolved that the 2002 General Assembly requests that
the Unitarian Universalist Association communicate the Assembly’s endorsement of
the Earth Charter to all members of the United States Congress and that member
congregations that endorse the Earth Charter communicate their action to their
representatives in Congress; and
Be it further resolved that the 2002 General Assembly encourages the
Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office to seek endorsement by the United
Nations in 2002, the tenth anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit.
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