World leaders are gathering again to develop next steps in addressing the global climate change crisis. Earlier this year, Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, Presiding Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, helped lead a diverse coalition of faith groups participating in the People’s Climate March. The march called on world leaders gathered for the UN Summit on Climate Change to take an aggressive stand against air pollution. These leaders will assemble again in Lima, Peru (1-12 December 2014) for the Framework Convention on Climate Change. As part of the 20th Convening of the Parties, they will identify the broad areas of international agreement around carbon emmissions caps, financial support for clean energy production, and workforce development for “green” economies.
Faith groups will be present to ensure they produce a framework that reflects our core values of justice, broad enviornmental stewardship, jobs for all, protection for the vulnerable, and relief from poverty. We must be bold.
Because of the work and advocacy of activists the world over, Global leaders ARE LISTENING. This week, China and the United States of America, two of the world’s largest air polluters, announced a new program to reduce carbon emissions over the next twenty years. We must keep up the pressure so that these nations fully implement the plan and that other nations join in the effort.
Here are some actions you can take, wherever you live in the world, to maintain the momentum leading up to the Lima conference:
- Contact your national government’s foreign ministry or (for expatriates) your local embassy and demand that leaders issue legally binding solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide meaningful support for poor and vulnerable communities.
- Submit a personal pledge of sustainability and share it with Creation Justice Ministries on Facebook and Twitter and share your reflections every day during the meeting in Lima (1-12 December 2014), Tag @ourvoices2015 and use the hashtag #climatechorus
- If you reside in the USA, sign Creation Justice Ministries’ petition to President Obama and the Congress and send a letter telling the Environmental Protection Agency to move forward with its Clean Power Plan.
Reflecting our sacred duty to exercise stewardship over all of God’s creation, MCC stands in solidarity with environmental justice advocates around the world.
For more information, contact the Public Policy Team at [email protected].