November 2 , 2014 – Sustainable Development and the Precautionary Principle.

Business profits are often the results of taking risks. When the risk results in people getting sick or the environment being damaged, often taxpayers are asked to pay the costs. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a long history of proactively seeking environmental justice. The 202nd General Assembly (1990) passed the policy statement on “Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice” and the 208th General Assembly (1996) passed the “Hope for a Global Future: Toward Just and Sustainable Development”.

Care for our earth and of its people and animals – environmental justice – is part of our Affirmation of Faith. Our faith calls us to be stewards of God’s creation, and confesses we have not always lived up to our obligation:

In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equal in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people to live as one community.… Continue