R2019-03 Recommitting to Support of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals
The 2020 Mission Share Budget includes an annual commitment of 0.7% of the budget to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This money is set aside for grants to congregations and individuals for work that is directly related to the Goals and will result in long-term transformation of communities utilizing indigenous leadership.
For information on Diocese of Southern Ohio grants in support of congregational involvement in global mission and ministry go to http://diosohio.org/mission/sustainable-development-goals/
For general information on the SDGs see https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
The 2018 General Convention on the Episcopal Church reaffirmed commitment to the UNSustainable Development Goals in the following resolutions:
B025 Water as a human right
GOAL 6 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is: CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION –Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. For information on this and the other Sustainable Development Goals visit https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
For information on lead in drinking water, including how to test your water, go to https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water
For maps of watersheds and aquifers in Ohio visit http://water.ohiodnr.gov/maps/watershed-drainage-basin-maps
For information on Ohio groundwater quality visit https://www.blr.com/Environmental/Water/Groundwater-in-Ohio
B027 Gender Inclusivity in Climate Change Advocacy
GOAL 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is: GENDER EQUALITY — Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Resolution B027 calls the church to act in recognition that women are on the front line of climate impact and to be involved in responses to disasters and humanitarian emergencies. It further calls for a recommitment to the SDGs.
For information on the impact of climate change on women go to https://www.oxfamamerica.org/static/media/files/climatechangewomen-factsheet.pdf or to https://www.iucn.org/resources/issues-briefs/gender-and-climate-change
C008 Advocacy for Creation Care
This resolution encourages the use of a web-based tool to support healthy, sustainable choices.
For an example of a tool created by the Diocese of California visit www.diocal.org/climate
C064 Support of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Opposing Enbridge Line #3
This resolution calls for continued Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery.
For information on the Doctrine of Discovery visit https://upstanderproject.org/firstlight/doctrine
An excellent book on the topic is Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery by Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah.
For information on opposition to the Enbridge Line #3 visit http://www.honorearth.org/beyonddapl
A018 Episcopalians participating in the Paris climate agreement
For information on the Paris climate agreement visit https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/the-paris-agreement
For information on energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy, contact the Rev. Craig Foster email@example.com or Ohio Interfaith Power and Light at www.ohipl.org Or Green Energy Ohio at www.greenenergyohio.org
D009 Christian Principles for Responding to Human Migration
The Episcopal Church has a video, introduced by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, in which five bishops share how their dioceses are engaged in immigration ministries. See https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/pressreleases/supporting-immigrants-a-video-from-the-episcopal-church/
Also visit the Episcopal Migration Ministries website to see how the church is responding to the needs of refugees and immigrants https://www.episcopalchurch.org/episcopal-migration-ministries