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Recycling (80558-C1-R14)

Revise and readopt Resolution No. 14  
In Genesis 1:26-28, 2:7 and Psalm 8:6, God created all people in God's image, and gave them responsibility for creation. The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church state: "all creation is the Lord's and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it . " The deterioration of the environment is a global problem.  and that A as Christians we are called to "place a higher priority on changes in economic, political, social, and technological lifestyle to support a more ecologically equitable and sustainable world leading to a higher quality of life for all of God's creation" (Social Principles ¶ 160). As members of God's human community, we are called to be stewards of the land.  

Unfortunately, humankind too often has neglected this sacred duty and chosen instead to misuse God’s gifts of creation through overconsumption and wasteful practices. Today, earth’s precious resources are threatened by our actions with millions of acres of forests disappearing each year along with thousands of animal and plant species. Given the projected increase in population and economic development, we must take immediate and decisive action to reverse these patterns.   

In addition to reducing consumption and reusing materials in lieu of purchasing new ones, recycling is an important and easy step toward a more sustainable future.  

Since 1972 the General Conference has requested boards and agencies to use recycled paper . and In since 1996, the General Conference has called for a phase-out of the production of dioxin, a carcinogenic byproduct of the bleaching of pulp and paper with chlorine.  The use of recycled and chlorine free paper products saves trees, reduces air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, lowers water pollution, and reduces the amount of dioxin released into the environment.
Therefore, be it resolved, that the General Conference The United Methodist Church recommends that:  

  • United Methodist general boards, agencies and publishers use recycled and "processed chlorine-free" paper  where economically feasible ;  
    • United Methodist publishers collaborate in a continue to  study of ways to facilitate progress toward the goal of "processed chlorine-free" paper, and report to subsequent General Conferences on progress made toward achieving this goal; t he 2004 General Conference;
      • United Methodist agencies and congregations churches educate the public and promote awareness of the benefits of recycling on the environment; and  
        • United Methodist agencies and congregations churches participate in all available recycling programs and advocate for their expansion.  for paper, plastic, glass and metal. ADOPTED 2000 See Social Principles, ¶ 160.