Support Domestic and International Environmental Programs

Urge Congress to Support Domestic and International Environmental Programs  

CreationThe Trump 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.

As 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.

Over 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:

  1. Clean Energy Programs: State, local and tribal climate and energy programs identify and implement cost-effective programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, and improve air quality.
  2. The Global Environmental Facility (GEF): GEF funds are available to developing countries and countries with economies in transition to meet the objectives of the international environment conventions and agreements.
  3. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): The U.S. has participated in and supported the IPCC since its creation in 1988. The IPCC is an intergovernmental body that conducts periodic comprehensive assessments of state-of-the-art of climate change science and technology.
  4. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): The U.S. is also a long-standing party to the UNFCCC international agreement, which the U.S Senate unanimously ratified following its approval by President George H.W. Bush in 1992. While having announced intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the Trump Administration has stated repeatedly that they intend to remain a party to the UNFCCC and fully participate with the body.


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