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date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 15:01:55
from: Bob Carling <carlingatXYZxyz.co.uk>
subject: CEC Resolution on Climate Change
to: m.hulmeatXYZxyz.ac.uk

As promised.

Bob Carling

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>From: "Calvin B. DeWitt" <cbdewittatXYZxyzstaff.wisc.edu>
>Subject: CEC Resolution on Climate Change
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>Hello Dan,
>
>It was nice to see you at Canby. Here is a note for the EENet on the
>resolution as Stan LeQuire cabled it through Western Union to President
>Clinton and Vice President Gore.
>
>Dear EENet Participants,
>
>The Christian Environmental Council adopted unanimously a resolution
>on Climate Change at its meeting on Saturday, October 18, 1997 after
>careful deliberation. It comes at a time when the President may well
>act to provide strong leadership at the upcoming Summit on Climate
>Change in Kyoto, Japan. Support from evangelicals on this may be
>particularly significant, and thus also this resolution.
>
>Please distribute this resolution as you believe to be appropriate.
>
>For a start on the abundant literature on this topic I recommend that you
>consult the internet at the following addresses:
>
> http://www.usgcrp.gov/ipcc/ for information on the Intergovernmental
> Panel on Climate Change
>
> http://www.dieoff.org/page128.htm for the World Scientists' Call for
> Action at the Kyoto Climate Summit
>
> http://www.dieoff.org/page105.htm for the Economists' Statement on
> Climate Change of Feb. 13, 1997
>
>
>Sincerely,
>
>Calvin B. DeWitt
>
>###
>___________________________________
>
>
> CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL RESOLUTION ON THE POSITION OF THE
> UNITED STATES AT THE CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT IN KYOTO
>
> Whereas Scripture persistently affirms that Christians are to seek
> justice for the less powerful of the Earth and to care for the rest of
> Creation, and
>
> Whereas the potential consequences arising from Global Warming
> seriously threaten both, and
>
> Whereas the upcoming third meeting of the Conference of the Parties
> (COP-III) to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC), to be
> held in Kyoto, Japan, December 1-12, 1997, promises to be the most
> important meeting to date of the Nations of God's Earth who are
> concerned about Global Warming, and
>
> Whereas decisions made at this meeting could determine for years to
> come the human response to the threat of climate change, and
>
> Whereas reports indicate that the policy options being considered by
> the Administration on the position of the United States at Kyoto are
> substantially less than what is required to seek justice for the less
> powerful and care for the rest of Creation,
>
> Be it therefore resolved, that we, the Christian Environmental
> Council, assembled in Portland, Oregon, October 18, 1997, call upon
> you, President Clinton and Vice-President Gore, to exercise strong,
> just, and decisive leadership in addressing the challenge of Global
> Warming. Specifically, we urge that the Clinton administration
> advocate a legally-binding reduction of at least ten percent in
> emission of greenhouse gases for all of the industrialized countries
> of God's earth by 2010.
>
> Signed: Calvin B. DeWitt
> President
> October 18, 1997
>
>
>_______________________________________________________
>
>###
>
>Contacts:
>
> Dr. Calvin DeWitt - via Dr. Peter Bakken, 608-255-0950
> Dr. Richard Wright 978-927-2300 ext. 4382
> Rev. Stan LeQuire 610-649-8090
>
>
>_______________________________________________________
>
>Here is an corresponding news release prepared by:
> Michael Nyenhuis
> Moderator
> Strategies Committee
> Christian Environmental Council
>
>
> News Release from the:
> CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
>
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Oct. 20, 1997
>
> Contacts:
> Dr. Calvin DeWitt - via Dr. Peter Bakken, 608-255-0950
> Dr. Richard Wright 978-927-2300 ext. 4382
> Stan LeQuire 610-649-8090
>
> CHRISTIANS URGE CLINTON TO TAKE LEAD AT CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE
>
> October 20, 1997 - The Christian Environmental Council today urged
> President Clinton to take a strong leadership role at the upcoming
> international conference on climate change, to be held in Kyoto,
> Japan, December 1-12.
>
> A resolution sent to the White House expressed the Council's desire
> that the "Clinton administration advocate a legally-binding reduction
> of at least 10 percent in the emission of greenhouse gases for all of
> the industrialized countries of God's earth by 2010."
>
> "The climate of earth is God's gift to life -- it's not ours to defile
> or destroy," said Dr. Calvin DeWitt, president of Christian
> Environmental Council. "Do we have the courage to tell this to the
> world? Do we have the courage to lead?"
>
> The resolution resulted from the Council's annual meeting this weekend
> in Portland, Oregon. Attending were representatives of 41 Christian
> groups, including The Christian Society of the Green Cross, Christian
> Environmental Association, and the Evangelical Environmental Network.
>
> The Christian Environmental Council is a gathering of evangelical
> leaders concerned with creation care. The Council was instrumental in
> the successful defense of the Endangered Species Act in 1996.
>
> The Council's deliberations on global climate change were guided by six
> environmental scientists from a wide array of colleges and
> universities. Dr. Richard Wright, author of the textbook Environmental
> Science: The Way the World Works, and professor of biology at Gordon
> College in Massachusetts expressed the Council's concerns: "Twelve of
> the last 17 years are the hottest on record for global temperature. Sea
> level is rising at a rate of 3 millimeters a year. Violent storms and
> climatic fluctuations like the El Nino have been increasing in recent
> years. It seems obvious that the burning of fossil fuels increases the
> atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide resulting in major changes
> in the climate."
>
> Concern for the "the less powerful of the Earth" and "the rest of
> creation" motivated the resolution. "These changes in the climate will
> have their greatest impact on people in the developing world where
> environmental degradation is already seriously impacting their way of
> life," said Wright.
>
> The Council emphasized that all of the global climate change scenarios
> predict major shifts in rainfall and temperature over mere decades.
> "These shifts will impact ecosystems in serious and unpredictable
> ways. In a world struggling to feed an expanding population, global
> climate change represents the greatest threat to our agricultural
> capacity," said Wright.
> ###
>
> The mission of the Christian Environmental Council is to serve the
> church and society in all matters concerning the care of creation. The
> council provides a forum for discussion of mutual concerns, a
> structure to facilitate joint action, and a platform for expression of
> common views.
>
> The Names and Affiliations of CEC's consulting scientists:
> Dr. Jeff Greenberg, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
> Dr. Jeff Schloss, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
> Dr. John Wood, Kings University College, Edmunton, Alberta
> Dr. Calvin DeWitt, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
> Dr. Ken Peterson, Dort College, Sioux Center, IA
> Dr. Richard Wright, Gordon College, Wenham, MA
>
> ###
>
>
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