Resolution in support of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
Resolved, that The Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, meeting virtually October 24-27, 2023, reiterates its engagement in the work of The Episcopal Church, and international organizations to which it is connected, to turn back the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, recognizing the urgent, concentrated action in this present moment that is needed to prevent the suffering of life on this planet, in the near term and the future, and be it further
Resolved, that the Executive Council acknowledges the work of the nations of Vanuatu and Tuvalu, along with other Pacific Island nations, to forge the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, which has been endorsed by the World Health Organization and the European Parliament, along with thousands of civil society organizations and individuals committed to the mitigation of climate change and the factors that contribute to it, and be it further
Resolved, that the Executive Council recognizes that the Treaty is calling the people of the world not just to make technical adjustments to negative impacts on the planet, but to transform lives by phasing out fossil fuel production and the reliance on fossil fuels by the parties to the Paris Accords, and be it further
Resolved, that this Executive Council endorses the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty as it is set before the United Nations Climate Summit, which will be held in Dubai in December, 2023.
Bishop Marc Andrus, the Chair of the delegation to the UN Climate Summit in Dubai in December, 2023, has requested the Executive Council to give its endorsement of the development of the Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation Treaty. TEC will, then, take that endorsement to the Summit to strengthen its witness, along with hundreds of other supporters of the Treaty.
Information about the Treaty may be found here: https://fossilfueltreaty.org/