Urge Congress to Support Domestic and International Environmental Programs
Administration released on Nov. 3rd what is likely the most comprehensive report to date on environmental degradation. Based on overwhelming
evidence of global warming, the report states that human activity is the primary
cause of the earth’s rising temperature. It also shows the virtual certainty of
intensifying and increased frequency of severe high temperature and extreme
precipitation events. The harmful consequences of environmental degradation caused
by global warming disproportionately impacts our brothers and sisters living in
poverty who are least equipped to adapt.
Lutherans, we recognize that our failure to protect God’s people and all of creation
leads to problems that intensify social injustices, resulting in situations
where those who are marginalized and vulnerable are most impacted.
Thousands of people
from nearly 200 countries are travelling to Bonn, Germany this week for the United
Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (COP 23). The objective of COP 23
is to make progress toward implementation of the Paris Agreement, which
addresses climate change by requiring nations to pledge to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions. Despite President Trump’s notification earlier this year of the United
States’ intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the world is moving ahead.
The United States can and must do its
part to combat environmental degradation related to global warming.
the next month, Congress will decide how to fund the federal government. This
process includes support for important domestic and international
conservation and clean energy programs in the State, Foreign Operations, and
Related Programs legislation. As a church together, let us lift our
voices and ask our members of Congress to protect funding for the environmental
programs and entities that protect all of creation, including:
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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