Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Action Alert- Invest in Green Climate Fund

Carbon pollution, no matter where it occurs, causes climate change everywhere. As part of one world, we believe we must act for the good of all here and now, and for future generations to come.

A key aspect of addressing global climate change is building the capacity of developing countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change/disruption. People in developing countries suffer disproportionately from climate disasters that threaten their health and livelihoods. Our faith compels us to stand with the most vulnerable and to act with justice for all throughout God’s creation. We believe we are called to take a strong, active stand on the Green Climate Fund and work for its success.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was conceived in 2009 to help poor and vulnerable countries to address these challenges. More than 30 countries have already pledged $10.2 billion to get the fund up and running. In his current budget proposal, President Obama has requested $500 million for the GCF. To maintain U.S. leadership in addressing the global climate challenge, Congress must approve this request.

Tell your members of Congress to invest $500 million in the Green Climate Fund; it is essential to combating global climate change. Click http://capwiz.com/pcusa/issues/alert/?alertid=65764676

Leading emitters of greenhouse gases have a moral obligation to act. The U.S. is the largest historic emitter of greenhouse gases. Developing countries must have the funds needed to move forward with sustainable clean energy, avoiding the dirty fossil fuels that created the current crisis. Countries who have profited the most and contributed the most to the current crisis, meanwhile, must have the courage and accountability to finance the solution.

In a time of increased natural disasters, another important aspect of the GCF is that it will enable countries to build resilience to changing weather patterns, sea level rise, and extreme weather events. An investment of $500 million in Fiscal Year 2016 (the budget currently under debate in Congress) is a small but critical contribution to ensure vulnerable communities are prepared to avoid the hard-hitting impacts of climate change.

Contact your members of Congress today to ensure the U.S. does its part to fund climate solutions around the globe. Click http://capwiz.com/pcusa/issues/alert/?alertid=65764676