Bishop Morgan drew attention to the document "The New Covenant" stating that appeals have been received from native people that the Sunday before the First Minister's Conference be designated a Day of Prayer.
That this House of Bishops respond to the request of Native leaders for the Churches to name a Day of Prayer to precede the final First Ministers' Conference to be held on March 26-27, by designating Sunday, March 22, as a Day of Prayer for Aboriginal Peoples:
And that we commend the document entitled "A New Covenant" prepared as a Pastoral Statement by leaders of the Christian Churches to be used as a focus for this Day of Prayer. CARRIED
The following statement was presented for consideration:
In response to the critical problem of Acid Rain and in the light of Christian theology, we support public policies that are consistent with the following guidelines:
1. Vigorous national and international action including bilateral co-operation between the governments of the United States and Canada to control acid rain.
2. Cleanup of sufficient magnitude to reduce emissions of sulphur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen to a level necessary to protect the health of our most sensitive environments and individuals.*
3. Industrial and pollution abatement/control strategies that:
a) are environmentally sound
b) preserve existing jobs and create new ones (note amendment below)
c) encourage energy conservation and renewable energy systems.
4. Adequate funding of cleanup that will:
a) achieve by 1990 the necessary education [sic] of emissions that cause acid rain
b) distribute costs fairly among corporations, governments and consumers
c) support research into environmentally sound technologies.
5. Increased citizen participation in the legislative, regulatory, judicial and corporate accountability processes pertaining to sources and reduction of acid rain. This requires more citizen access to, and review of information regarding government and corporate cleanup plans.
6. Rigorous enforcement of clean air laws and regulations consistent with the above objectives.
* Current evidence suggests that S)2 emissions must be reduced in the United States and Canada by 50% from 1980 levels, toward reducing wet sulphate deposition to less than 18 lbs./acre/year (20 kilograms/hectare/year) to protect moderately sensitive areas and 8 lbs./acre/year (9 Kilograms/hectare/year) to protect extremely sensitive areas.
That this National Executive Council approve these Guidelines, and refer them to the Public Social Responsibility Unit for action.
Moved by: Rt. Rev. J.C. Bothwell
Seconded by: Rt. Rev. E.K. Lackey
That item 3(b) be amended to read, "seek to preserve existing jobs and create new ones. CARRIED
Since the termination of Project North in 1987, further evaluation and consultation between the churches in Canada has led to a new coalition on aboriginal justice concerns. This is the result of discussion between the churches, network groups, and native organizations. It shifts the focus of the former Project North to include justice issues for native people all over Canada and is based upon the church leaders' recent statement: "A New Covenant".
That this National Executive Council support and participate fully in the new coalition: Project North - Ecumenical Coalition for Aboriginal Justice; and request the Program Committee to appoint two representatives from the Anglican Church of Canada to its Steering Committee. CARRIED #54-11-88