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Environmental Stewardship (81260-C1-¶160)

Amend ¶160 as follows:
All creation is the Lord's... Therefore, let us recognize the responsibility of the church and its members to place a high priority on changes in economic, political, social, and technological lifestyles to support a more ecologically equitable and sustainable world leading to a higher quality of life for all of God's creation.  Environmental policies should be shaped by the obligation to care for creation, sound judgment on the concrete environmental benefits of protective measures, and attention to any negative impact on the livelihoods of all people, particularly in low-income communities.
  
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Rationale

The main guiding principle our Social Principles currently offer for environmental stewardship is good intentions for the environment.  Listing these three principles strengthens and adds credibility to our witness in defense of creation by specifically noting the impact of environmental policies on people, who are uniquely made in God’s image.