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Taking note of the "current economic depression" and its repercussions, including high unemployment among urban youth, Convention in 1975 urged government and voluntary organizations to make "gainful employment and training available to all," further urging the federal government to act as "an employer of last resort when necessary" by organizing constructive programs of employment.
Convention in 1979 urged those seeking alternative means of production, release or storage of energy to do so "in love of God and man, as acts of stewardship with responsibility," with no extended use of an energy-producing system until it is fully understood and will produce no waste products which cannot be satisfactorily disposed of "with no danger to the world or its peoples." The 1979 Convention also called for federal and state legislation to help those with marginal incomes meet the rapidly rising cost of home heating oil."
Delegates at the 2008 diocesan convention approved a resolution that "endorsed the Earth Charter as a declaration of global ethics consistent with the social, political, environmental and economic justice principles of the Diocese of New York and the Episcopal Church, and called upon the Council of the Diocese and the Social Concerns Commission to develop action steps that the diocese, parishes and individuals may take to implement the principles of the Earth Charter locally, nationally and internationally.