Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Call on Political Leaders to Take a Lead in the United Nations Climate Negotiations

 We are called to be good stewards of the Earth and care for all of God’s creation. Communities of faith are coming together to call on political leaders to address issues of climate change. Join your voice with others as we call on political leaders in the United States to take a lead role in helping to craft a moral global framework for the UN climate negotiations that will take place in Paris 2015.
 Click here to sign the
Faith Climate Petition.
As people of faith, we care for all of God’s creation with a special concern for vulnerable populations. Presbyterians have acknowledged the burden of climate change and environmental injustice placed on the backs of the poor and oppressed. The 218th General Assembly presented a policy recommendation on climate change that emphasized a commitment to stand with ‘the least of these.’ The 219th General Assembly also approved an overture that affirmed “concern for God’s creation is, for every Christian, an essential way of living faithfully.”

U.S. policymakers need to take a lead role during the United Nations climate treaty negotiations. Reducing carbon emissions is vital to preventing devastating  impacts of climate change and to providing meaningful support for vulnerable communities. With the UN Climate Summit taking place in September in New York, now is the time to let both President Obama and Congress know that we need a strong treaty that requires all nations to take steps to control greenhouse gas emissions. 

Click here to sign the Faith Climate Petition.

We too can lead by example in taking action to address climate change. We are joining with ecumenical partners to collect individual pledges for action as a way to demonstrate our commitment to address climate change to our political leaders. Pledges for action can range from changing a light bulb to installing solar panels on your church roof, from hosting a climate vigil to preaching a sermon. Pledges for action will be highlighted during several faith events in New York in September.                     

 Click here to pledge to take action.

Together, let us respond to the challenge of climate change with compassion; standing in solidarity with our neighbors living in or near poverty who are most severely affected by the changing climate, and striving to preserve God’s “good” Creation.