URGENT AND SIMULTANEOUS TASKS FOR RE-CREATING A HEALTHFUL WORLD
A Resolution for The First Unitarian Church of Honolulu.
BECAUSE: We, The First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person; and
BECAUSE: We believe in justice and compassion in human relations; and
BECAUSE: We believe in the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all; and
BECAUSE: We respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part; and
BECAUSE: We have, in the past, supported related issues on energy, environment, reproductive choice, women’s rights, poverty, homelessness, peace, gun control and other issues relating to economic, political and environmental concerns; and
BECAUSE: Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and critical resources; and
BECAUSE: Many of our current practices put at serious risk the future we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdom; and
WHEREAS: A group of scientists, through a petition circulated by the Union of Concerned Scientists, concur that there is no more than one or a few decades to reverse trends toward vast human misery and mutilation of the earth.
WHEREAS: The petition statement recommends simultaneous action to reverse the degradation of the earth and its people in five areas of economic, political and environmental concern and which are interrelated and intertwined in the web of our mutual existence.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu supports the concept of this petition of the Union of Concerned Scientists and recommends study, development of ideas and programs, as well as the taking of positive actions toward re-creating a healthful world for humanity in each of the following areas:
Address environmentally damaging activities to restore and protect the integrity of the earth’s systems we depend on by:
- reducing production and use of mineral resources;
- controlling pollution of our land, air and waters
- preventing deforestation;
- establishing good farming practices;
- reducing loss of plant and animal species;
- reducing violence and warfare;
Manage resources crucial to human welfare more effectively:
- increase reliance on renewable, non-polluting resources;
- more efficient use of energy, water and other materials;
- expansion of conservation and recycling;
- improve social and economic conditions;
- adopt effective, voluntary family planning;
Reduce and eventually eliminate poverty;
Ensure sexual equality and guarantee women control over their own reproductive decisions.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED: that The First Unitarian Church of Honolulu urge all governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as individuals, to act in ways that will be compatible with, and in harmony with, the natural world.
Passed: Mar. 28, 1993 Reaffirmed: Dec. 2, 2007 NOT Reaffirmed Nov. 18, 2012 or Nov. 6, 2017