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Declaration of a Climate Emergency

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We, St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency.

We pledge to work with and support our congregations and government, at local and national levels, in tackling this Emergency, and we call on others to do the same.

These are our intentions:

  1. We will tell the Truth
    We will communicate with members of our congregations and support them to discover the truth about the Emergency, lobby for consistent policy-making, and communicate the need for urgent far-reaching changes.

  2. We will take Action
    As part of the Scottish Episcopal Church, we commit to work towards reducing our emissions to net zero by 2030. We will challenge policies and actions of local and national governments and their agencies, where they do not help to reduce emissions or consumption levels.
    We will actively work to imagine and model ways in which our faith and our congregations can enable the planet’s resources to be safeguarded and regenerated.

  3. We will seek for Justice
    We will do what is possible to enable dialogue and expression among our congregation and the communities we serve about how the Emergency will affect them and the changes that are needed. We believe that all truth-telling, action and democratic work must be underpinned by a commitment to justice both within our nation and towards other nations, particularly those who are poorer. We will bring the power of faith to the task of re-imagining the ways in which we relate to one another and to God’s world.

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