Take Action on Climate Change!

Boy with GlobeIn 2007, delegates of the 26th General Synod passed a resolution on climate change that called the global warming crisis "one of the most urgent threats to humankind and, indeed, all of God's precious planet earth." This resolution called on all of us in the United Church of Christ to urge our national government leaders "to respond to global warming with great urgency and firm leadership by supporting mandatory measures that reduce the absolute amount of greenhouse gas emissions." The resolution also urged state and local governments to develop renewable-energy transportation systems and take other steps to create a more sustainable infrastructure.

This year, the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee will release a report that states, "Evidence for [manmade] climate change abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the bottom of the oceans.” This report is a wake-up call for President Obama to devote his new term to heading off the climate crisis. As NY Governor Cuomo said, "Climate change is real. It is denial to say that each of these situations is once in a lifetime."

Why is this an issue of faith?

We understand that scripture compels us to act on our faith grounded in wonder, reverence, love, and respect for all of God's creation. For plants and animals, global warming means that many will be unable to adjust to the changing climate and will become extinct, thus reducing the diversity and beauty of God's great earth. The impact on human life is equally severe. Our changing climate will impact our poorest and most vulnerable brothers and sisters the hardest. Many will lose their homes, crops, and livelihoods to increasingly volatile weather and rising seas.

As individual people of faith, we can power down our households and green up our communities, but 2013 will be the year when shouting out to our lawmakers can have its greatest impact. Tell your elected officials at every level to take climate change seriously as a moral imperative for change.

 Learn more about climate change.

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