Bishop Stephen Pickard moved, Bishop Peter Stuart seconded,

That this Synod encourages the Government of Australia to lead the G20 to:
recognise major changes that face humankind in the 21st century, notably:
movement of people from rural to urban environments, many in severe poverty
decreasing food security as global population increases further
climate change, further stressing food production, rendering low-lying land unliveable, and increasing health risks from heat and expanding disease ranges
increases in people seeking asylum because of wars which may appear to be about racial, religious or political competition, but are very likely to be based on competition for food, water and other basic necessities of life; and
2. respond to those who suffer because of these global forces, in all nations but especially those in the poorest two-thirds of the world, through
aid programs of wide and generous scope
sharing responsibility to offer refuge to those who suffer from homelessness due to climate change or persecution because of competition for food, water and other basic necessities.

3 July 2014