As an Affiliate Member Community of Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL), CSLDallas stands with this Statement on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability from CSL. We urge each of our members to take personal responsibility and “do our part” both in consciousness (holding the highest Good for our planet and its inhabitants) and in action. May we each be a part of solution on this important issue.
Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL) believes in the Oneness of all Life and Creation. We envision a world free of homelessness, violence, war, hunger, separation, and disenfranchisement. We see a world which has renewed its emphasis on beauty, nature, and love through creativity, art, and aesthetics.
We recognize the evidence of science: Human activity is the main cause of the climate crisis, and human creativity can be used to reverse its effects. The climate crisis is seen in extreme weather, changes to seasonal patterns, rising sea levels, species extinction, the melting of glaciers, and shrinking of the polar ice caps.
Climate change will affect not only our generation but our children, our grandchildren, and all future generations of humanity, as well as all other forms of life. It is a moral issue. The predicted impact of climate change will have a disproportionate impact on the least developed countries and on those living in poverty, who are least responsible for the emissions of Greenhouse Gases. It will displace whole populations and we lament the potential loss of culture identity and belonging.
We urge our member communities to do what they can to be wise stewards of the climate and the environment in all phases of their operations and to encourage members to do so in the homes and workplaces. We call upon religious, political, and social leaders to address the climate change crisis as an urgent moral issue. We urge local and state governments to support and invest in energy conservation and renewable energy development. We urge national governments, including the United States, to respond to Global Warming with great urgency and firm leadership by enacting and supporting mandatory measures that reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and environmentally responsible practices.
We join with other organizations, including the Association for Global New Thought, The Parliament of World Religions, and the Universalist Association in taking a principled stand on this issue. The time for morally responsible action is now.