MFSA works for climate justice within and beyond The United Methodist Church because as Christians we are caretakers of and called to care for all of God’s creation as stated in The United Methodist Church's Book of Discipline which says, “All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings.God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect,” (Social Principles, ¶ 160).
The impacts of climate change around the world are especially felt by those living in poverty as human-created changes to weather patterns cause stronger, more intense, frequent storms, droughts and wildfires. These events cause those in their path to leave their homes in search of better food supply and economic opportunity, leading to increased poverty, conflict, and hunger. This is an intersection between climate justice and economic justice.
From the General Board of Church and Society website:
United Methodists are called to a ministry of reconciliation between God, humankind and creation. In and alongside frontline communities experiencing environmental injustices, we are participating in God’s healing of creation. Through acts of personal, social and civic righteousness, United Methodists are modeling a new lifestyle and advocating for God’s people and God’s planet so that all God’s children can share in the goodness of Creation.