BWA General Council Resolution 2009.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Ede, the Netherlands, July 27-August 1, 2009;

Affirms the biblical teaching of respect for the Earth and everything in it, and the moral imperative to love one’s neighbors as oneself including those of future generations;

Notes that the United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled for December 7-18, 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark, will consider a new global climate treaty to set greenhouse gas emission reductions for industrialized and major developing countries, and adaption assistance for developing nations;

Confesses that many Baptists have not taken seriously the global environmental crisis;

Desires to follow up the implications of the climate change resolution adopted at the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance in Prague, Czech Republic, in July 2008;

Calls upon national government bodies urgently to initiate climate change legislation which will strengthen the terms of the Copenhagen treaty;

Calls upon Baptist individuals, churches, unions and conventions to recognize the Copenhagen conference as a landmark event, to pray for and support efforts made there, and to make ecologically- appropriate lifestyle changes as a matter of Christian discipleship.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2009 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2009.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2009 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2009), p. 140.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2009.4 Climate Change; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2009.4).