December 2009 will bring a great opportunity to curb climate change. Government representatives will be meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark for crucial international talks and to finalize a new global agreement to follow the Kyoto Protocol. Currently CO2 emissions are contributing to changes in the earth’s climate, causing suffering to the poorest of the poor in both industrialized and developing countries. People who have benefited the least from activities that cause climate change are suffering the most.
It is time for the developing world, and in particular the United States, to come together to act responsibly to address this injustice.
Please call on your government leaders to seize this opportunity to curb carbon emissions and protect the earth that sustains us all.
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In December 2009, world leaders will meet in Copenhagen for crucial international talks about climate change. I’d like you to be there in person to demonstrate how much we care about our global family and our willingness to do what it takes to address this challenge with compassion and resolution.
I believe everyone needs to do their part, so I will:
- Personally evaluate my lifestyle and commit to actions that significantly reduce my carbon footprint.
- Let my elected representatives know my views about domestic legislation needed to address climate change and to create a greener, more just economy.
- Urge you and our country’s negotiating team to commit, along with other industrialized countries, to:
- Make at least an 80% cut in domestic carbon emissions by 2050.
- Assist and help to pay for developing nations to reduce their emissions, develop cleanly, and adapt to climate change.
- Hold you and the negotiators in my prayers and meditations as leaders meet in Copenhagen.
The last international agreement to stabilize carbon emissions was signed in 1997 in Kyoto, Japan. The targets set by that agreement, called the Kyoto Protocol, expire in 2012. It is time to strengthen it and extend it. It also is time for the United States to join the global community in addressing climate change.
Since 1997, scientific research has dramatically increased our knowledge about the speed and extent of climate change and how it is harming God’s creation. The world’s leading scientists recommend limiting the rise in global temperature to less than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Here’s what they say can happen if we don’t:
- Acute water shortages for 1 to 3 billion people
- 30 million more people going hungry
- 40 to 60 million more Africans exposed to malaria
- In the U.S., heat-related premature deaths would increase
We need to set the bar high. The new deal must effectively curb high carbon emissions. It also must require industrialized nations like the U.S. to act responsibly by making the largest cuts in their carbon emissions, and by contributing the most money to help the developing countries now suffering the worst effects of climate change.
More than just an agreement is at stake. Climate change goes to the very heart of how people live in this world that God created and we all share. We can make a difference for generations to come. We can help make sure that women and girls in the developing world are not stuck in poverty, having to choose between going to school or walking more and more miles in search of less and less water.
It is within our power to create an earth where all of God’s children share in the abundance of this magnificent creation. Now is the time for us to ensure that there is enough for all.
US citizens can access the Countdown to Copenhagen pledge online at the Church World Service website: http://www.churchworldservice.org/site/PageServer?pagename=how_adv_copenhagen_pledge
Additional Resources can be found at:
http://www.arcworld.org/ (The Alliance of Religions and Conservation)
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