Executive Council resolution on drought

Whereas, the State of California is in the worst drought on record; and

Whereas, Governor Jerry Brown has officially declared a drought emergency for the state of California and asked all citizens to cut back water use by 20%; and

Whereas, the Episcopal Diocese of California consisting of 80 congregations, schools, summer camps, charities, and related organizations that consume significant quantities of water; and

Whereas, the Episcopal Diocese of California views water use and planning to be a core matter of faithful stewardship of the environment in California,

Therefore be it resolved: Executive Council requests that all Episcopal organizations reduce water consumption by 20 percent beginning immediately, and develop plans for an additional 20 percent reduction as a possible contingency for future additional conservation; and

We also encourage our congregations and members to pray for rain for the State of California.

O God, heavenly Father, who by your Son Jesus Christ has promised to all those who seek your kingdom and its righteousness all things necessary to sustain their life: Send us, we entreat you, in this time of need, such moderate rain and showers, that we may receive the fruits of the earth, to our comfort and to your honor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. — Book of Common Prayer, 828

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Governor Brown’s comments on the drought in today’s 2014 State of the State Address.

photo: Rim Fire — NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A crew member aboard the International Space Station used a 50mm lens to record this view of the massive drought-aided Rim Fire in and around California's Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest on Aug. 26

PCN home page photo: Tim McCabe, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. (USDA NRCS Photo Gallery: NRCSCA91002.tif) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons