Petition 81085

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Global Warming Task Force (81085-C1-NonDis-!)

The 2008 General Conference shall create a task force directly related to the issue of global warming, under the direction of the General Board of Church and Society, to bring back action recommendations to the United Methodist Church, its Annual Conferences, local churches, camp and retreat centers, and individual members that would guide us in reducing our carbon impact and ecological footprint upon creation and finding alternative, renewable energy resources to use in carrying out our call to care for the earth as part of Christian discipleship. A representative selected by the National Camp and Retreat Committee shall be appointed to this task force, in order to help the task force with its work and serve as the linking person to inform and encourage the leaders of United Methodist Camp and Retreat Centers in implementing the forth-coming recommendations.
  
Financial Implications of Passing this Resolution
It is possible that the task called for in this resolution could be incorporated into the role of an existing task group within the General Board of Church and Society, however, a uniquely separate task force will result in a minimum of one annual meeting and the cost of communicating with the Annual Conferences and agencies of the United Methodist Church at a minimum of once each year.
TRAVEL/MEETING EXPENSES (12 persons at $500 each) . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 6000.00
   
(One overnight meeting at the most cost effective location given the make-up of the Task force. Four year total $24,000)
GRAPHIC DESIGN AND PRINTING (One time total $10,000) . . . . .   . . . $10,000.00
COMMUNICATION(One National Mailing to Local Churches and Agencies) . . . . . . . . . . $ 8000.00
   (Four year total $32,000)                  
       FIRST YEAR COST . . . . . . .$ 24,000.00
       (Additional years = $14,000)
       (Four year total = $66,000.00)


Rationale

The biblical witness continually affirms God as Creator- a Creator who proclaimed all of creation as good and even recognizes the fall of a single sparrow as a significant event. The proclamation that “God so loved the world (cosmos)...” calls us to be responsible stewards of the entire creation. The...