Jesus calls us to love God and neighbor. John Calvin says, “The only right stewardship is that which is tested by the rule of love.” Knowing what we now know about climate change, especially its effects on those already living in poverty, as well as our neighbors of other species, the Church can no longer follow the rule of love and profit from the fossil fuel industry.
Fossil Free PCUSA has worked to ask the PCUSA to divest from oil, gas and coal companies to help loosen their grip on economic and political power and clear the way for a sustainable future. As a strategy, divestment communicates the urgent need to leave 80% of the known carbon reserves untapped, and to invest in sustainable energies able to meet humanity’s needs for generations to come. Over the last 6 years, we’ve worked with over 40 presbyteries, organizing around three different overtures to divest from fossil fuels.
In 2017, Fossil Free PCUSA and Presbyterian Peace Fellowship entered into a new relationship making Fossil Free PCUSA a project of PPF. In this partnership, both Fossil Free PCUSA and Presbyterian Peace Fellowship reaffirm a commitment to nonviolence, caring for creation, and working against racism in the Church and the world. In 2018, we completed a 260-mile Walk for A Fossil Free World, in support of our Overture to the 2018 Presbyterian General Assembly. Resources from the walk are available here.
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We must do all we can, in all the ways we can, to protect this earth and all its inhabitants, for God and for creation’s sake.