Earth Day Network recognizes that faith leaders have long been a driving force behind the most important and successful social movements. The environmental movement is no different.
As people of faith and spirituality we are deeply concerned about the effects of climate change ravaging our planet, and we are compelled by our traditions and collective conscience to take action together on this deeply moral challenge. Accordingly, we continue to call for interfaith actions across the USA and the world to awaken our elected officials – as well as civic and business leaders – to the urgent need for immediate and effective action to address the climate emergency.
As a first step, we call on our leaders to enact policies that dramatically reduce wasted energy and shift our power supplies from oil, coal and natural gas to wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable energy sources. We must equitably phase-out all fossil fuel subsidies. We also call on our leaders to enact policies to help people here and abroad prepare for and withstand the terrible impacts of climate change that are already occurring and that will grow much worse in the years ahead.
Lastly, we need political leaders the world over to come together on Earth Day 2016 and sign the Paris Climate Agreement at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. It is no coincidence that Earth Day was chosen by the Secretary General as the opening day for signatures. Let’s together make the agreement law and reality.
We are compelled to heed Martin Luther King Jr’s call to appreciate the “fierce urgency of now” and his warning that “in this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.”
Listen below as Pope Francis addresses the faithful on Earth Day 2015.
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