AngliGreen Motions Synod June 2011
General Synod Resolution 2010 on
Caring for Creation
Dr Rachel McFadyen moved the amended motion, The Rev’d Canon Dr Marian Free seconding:
"That this Synod:
a. Notes and welcomes the General Synod Resolution 2010 on
Caring for Creation: the need to acknowledge and respond to population issues;
b. Acknowledges that, as stated in that Resolution, "
unless human beings take responsibility for caring for the earth, the consequences will be catastrophic because of: overpopulation, unsustainable levels of consumption by the rich, poor quality and shortage of water, air pollution, eroded and impoverished soil, forest destruction and animal extinction"; and
c. Requests all Anglicans in the Diocese of Brisbane to consider these matters prayerfully and contribute thoughtfully and prayerfully to public debate on the topic."
General Synod 2010 on
The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt moved, The Rev Canon Mary Florence seconded:
"That this Synod:
a.Notes and welcomes the General Synod Resolution 2010 on Environment supporting the recent Anglican Consultative Council’s Resolution 14.15 (2009) "to weigh the environmental as well as financial costs of all church activities";
b.Acknowledges the steps taken by this diocese towards reducing its environmental footprint, choosing renewable over non-renewable energy and encouraging and facilitating the sustainable use of environmental resources;
c.Requests the General Synod Liturgical Commission to develop resources that facilitate worship that honours the relationship between Creator and creation as "an integral part of the church’s yearly pattern of worship and teaching" (ACC 2009, GS 2010);
d.Acknowledges the work that AngliGreen is doing in providing support to encourage and facilitate "effective long-term sustainable management and use of environmental resources" within this diocese (GS 2010); and
e.Requests the General Synod Working Group to develop resources that promote and develop competency in "theological reflection on the sustainability of creation and the appropriate use of science and technology" (ACC 2009, GS 2010)."
The Rev’d Miriam Nyrene moved the amended motion, Dr R McFadyen seconding:
That this Synod, recognising our responsibility before God to care for the earth and all God’s creation:
a. Acknowledges that human production of carbon dioxide is contributing to an increase in the mean global surface temperature with serious consequences for life on this planet;
b. Encourages the Australian Government to continue in taking steps to price carbon and regulate the emissions of our largest polluters;
c. Lobbies the Australian Government to provide clear information to farmers and landholders about the impact on them of pricing carbon;
d. Encourages AngliGreen to engage in discussion with representatives of farmers and landholders in our diocese in developing responses to environmental issues, acknowledging the commonality of a shared concern for the wellbeing of our land;
e. Urges Anglicans in the Diocese of Brisbane to contribute to public debate on this topic towards achieving a price on carbon; and
f. Encourages clergy and lay people of this diocese to individually and collectively express to the Federal Government our belief that initiatives on climate change should continue, and to urge the government not to delay these initiatives, and to further ensure that only revenues derived from regulating resulting carbon emissions be directed towards further development of renewable energy."