Faithful call on climate change

U.N. Climate Summit

Creation Justice Ministries asks you to join with other people of faith across the United States in declaring a moral obligation to address climate change.

World leaders are making plans to convene in New York Sept. 16-23 to discuss climate action. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of state and government along with business, finance, civil society and local leaders to a Climate Summit.

Creation Justice Ministries asks you to join with other people of faith across the United States in declaring a moral obligation to address climate change.

Climate Week NYC will be the collaborative space for all related events in support of the U.N. Climate Summit. There will be more than 60 events, activities and high-profile meetings taking place across New York’s five boroughs.

The Climate Summit is being held one year before countries are expected to conclude a global climate agreement in 2015 through the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Although September’s Climate Summit is not part of the negotiating process, countries have recognized its value in catalyzing action on climate change prior to 2015. The secretary-general hopes to build a solid foundation on which to anchor successful negotiations and sustained progress on the road to reducing emissions and strengthening adaptation strategies.

A moral global framework

Creation Justice Ministries, formerly the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program, represents the creation-care and environmental-justice policies of major Christian denominations throughout the United States.

The gravity of climate change requires us to act with urgency.

Creation Justice Ministries has prepared a petition for the faith community to tell members of Congress and President Obama to respond to climate change issues and be leaders in the U.N. negotiations to help craft a moral global framework to address climate change.

The petition states:

“As people of faith, we are called to protect and serve God’s Creation and seek justice for all people and future generations. The gravity of climate change requires us to act with urgency.

“From rising sea levels and severe weather events to shifting growing seasons and increased exposure to disease, the world is already feeling the impacts of climate change. Its worst consequences fall on vulnerable communities who have contributed the least to climate change but will suffer the most.”

Take a leadership role

The petition urges the United States to take a leadership role with a commitment to:

  • Legally binding solutions that reduce national greenhouse gas emissions to levels consistent with scientific recommendations that prevent the worst impacts of human induced climate change.
  • Provide poor and vulnerable communities here and abroad meaningful support to build low carbon and climate-resilient societies.

Your signature on the petition will signify that you pray for U.S. leadership in creating a more just, sustainable world. Add your signature to the petition.

You will also be able to add a personal pledge of sustainability, such as “I'm pledging to ride my bike to work at least 3 days of every week!”

Editor's note: Creation Justice Ministries works in cooperation with 37 national faith bodies including Protestant denominations and Orthodox communions as well as regional faith groups, and congregants to protect and restore God's Creation. A major task of Creation Justice Ministries is to provide program ideas and resources to help congregations as they engage in eco-justice, which includes ministries to heal and defend creation, working to assure justice for all of creation and the human beings who live in it..

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