Environmental Justice

As revealed through the creation story of the Bible, humankind has struggled from our earliest days to live in right relationship with the created world, with each other and with God. God’s vision of shalom invites all of creation to know wholeness and harmony and yet too often we have treated creation simply as a resource for humankind’s use.

“All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings.”

Today, we understand more deeply than ever before, the profound consequences of our failure to serve as caretakers of God’s creation. Ecological crises and extreme poverty are a reflection of our inability to share the abundance God has entrusted to our care. Ever-expanding scientific knowledge helps us better understand and informs our response to challenges ranging from the health impacts of environmental toxins to the threats posed by climate change.

United Methodists are called to a ministry of reconciliation between God, humankind and creation. In and alongside frontline communities experiencing environmental injustices, we are participating in God’s healing of creation. Through acts of personal, social and civic righteousness, United Methodists are modeling a new lifestyle and advocating for God’s people and God’s planet so that all God’s children can share in the goodness of Creation.

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  • A sign in the shape of a water drop that reads "God's gift."
    Clean Water

    Water is an integral part of our physical and spiritual life together.

  • United Methodists march for climate justice
    Climate Justice

    We are committed to ministries that address both the impacts and root causes of the climate crisis.

  • Person carries basket with vegetables on their back.
    Food Justice

    We seek to embrace a food economy based on the values of stewardship, sustainability and justice.

  • Staff and partners plant a tree in the Philippines
    Sustainability

    We strive for a world where all God’s children share in the abundance of creation.