Take Action on Climate Change!
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.
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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