LTE: THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD

Friend,

SUSAN STEPHENSON

On November 4, the first day possible, President Trump sent notice that the U.S. would formally withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. The clock is now ticking for a one-year countdown, ending just a day after the 2020 election. But Congress can still act to support the agreement. Tell your congressmember you object to the U.S. exiting the Paris accord.

As wildfires ravage California and the Amazon, the devastating global consequences of inaction should be apparent to all. Yet the Trump administration has decided that the world’s wealthiest nation and sole superpower does not need to cooperate with the rest of the world to solve the global crisis of our time.

This action is immoral, unjust, and self-destructive: Urge your congressional representative to do whatever they can to keep the climate commitments we made to the rest of the world in 2015.

In 2019, the U.S. has experienced 10 weather and climate-related disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each. U.S. faith communities have been on the front lines of responding to these disasters, as well as suffering the impacts of them.

Communities in the Global South, indigenous peoples, low-income communities, and others on the front lines of the climate crisis urgently need the world to act swiftly to implement a just and equitable transition away from fossil fuels and toward protecting vital ecosystems like the Amazon rain forest. It is unconscionable for the U.S. to abandon them now.

The Paris climate agreement was hammered out with full participation by the United States and the promise that the world’s largest historic polluter would do their part to cut carbon pollution. 

People of faith and conscience must speak up to support climate justice and climate action. Join us in urging Congress to stand up for the climate and the commitment the U.S. made to the global community.

Thank you,

Susan Stephenson

Executive Director

THE NATIONAL FAITH ALLIANCE

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