A Demand for Bold and Transformative Climate Policy
America’s continued dependence on fossil fuels like coal and big oil over the last century has contributed greatly to a growing global climate crisis that is fueling more intense, frequent heat waves, droughts, floods, and more. This escalation of extreme weather patterns has upended the lives of hundreds of thousands of the world’s most vulnerable people – especially communities of color, low-income people, and women. It is an imminent and growing threat to the health, safety, and well-being of millions of people over this coming decade. We are living in a climate emergency.
Despite this, the Trump administration has intentionally and repeatedly set us back on our emissions and environmental justice goals, by striking new deals that give coal and oil companies greater power, repealing the Clean Power Plan, and establishing a rule that is projected to increase the rate of greenhouse gas emissions.
As people of faith, we are called to build and imagine right relationship with others and the earth. We have received the command to be responsible stewards and caretakers of God’s creation. That starts with listening to the groans of God’s creations and loving our neighbor as ourselves, centering the most marginalized among us in policy decisions. Therefore, we must call on Congress to enact bold, just, and transformative climate policies for the protection and thriving of people and the planet.