World Council of Churches

A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service

A Spiritual Declaration on Climate Change

04 December 2005

By Faith Community Participants during the United Nations Climate Change
Conference, 4 December, 2005

  • We hear the call of the Earth.
  • We believe that caring for life on Earth is a spiritual commitment.
  • People and other species have the right to life unthreatened by human greedand destructiveness.
  • Pollution, particularly from the energy-intensive wealthy industrialized countries, is warming the atmosphere. A warmer atmosphere is leading to major climate changes. The poor and vulnerable in the world and future generations will suffer the most.
  • We commit ourselves to help reduce the threat of climate change through actions in our own lives, pressure on governments and industries and standing in solidarity with those most affected by climate change.
  • We pray for spiritual support in responding to the call of the Earth.