Posted by: jblevins | May 23, 2008

Faith Leaders Call for Action on Global Warming

On May 20th, Robert Hirsch, the Management Information Services Senior Energy Advisor, stated on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that “[T]he prices that we’re paying at the pump today are, I think, going to be ‘the good old days,’ because others who watch this very closely forecast that we’re going to be hitting $12 and $15 per gallon”. Click here to read more.

This was the environment in our nation Wednesday when national religious leaders, including Mari Castellanos of the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries (representing the NCC), joined with Senators Boxer, Warner, and Liebermann yesterday to call for action to address the problem of global climate change, especially to protect those who are most vulnerable to its impact – people living in poverty. Castellanos said, “For too long we have overlooked climate change, our carbon emissions, and the impact that we are having on those living in poverty around the world. We have continued to pollute God’s creation, orchestrating injustice in the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world as they suffer from increased drought, floods, and food shortages as a result of climate change. Humankind has never faced such a far reaching threat.”

People living with and in poverty has been one of the focuses of our climate work, and what ties this to the price of gas. It is those who have the least who can afford the hit the most, both at home with the rising cost of gas and other goods, and abroad, where the global food crisis has been garnering news. It is becoming clearer and clearer that the climate change conversation cannot be separated from the larger justice voice of the church – and finding a solution is linked with solving the problems of global poverty and hunger. Our Faith Principles on Global Warming starts with justice, and our recent Earth Day resource focuses on the impacts of climate change on people living in poverty. Click here for more info on our climate change campaign. As Castellanos said, “As people of faith, we cannot stand idly by and watch these communities suffer. Nor can we remain silent about the impacts that climate change will have on vulnerable populations and people in poverty in the U.S.”

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  1. Before we jump headlong into legal processes that effect national sovereignty, we must confirm that we are attempting to fix a real problem. The legitimacy of manmade global warming has recently become questionable and the issue must be resolved before we attempt to fix a problem that my not even be fixable.


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