Thursday, August 23, 2007

Global Climate Change

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has joined with other faith groups in contacting members of Congress and urging them to make sure that the needs of people in poverty are top priorities in any legislation to address climate change. In addition to USCCB, these groups include the National Association for Evangelicals, the National Council of Churches, the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Orthodox Church in America.

Specifically, they have agreed on a core set of moral principles that should shape our nation's response to climate change:

  1. There is sufficient scientific consensus about the dangers of global climate change and the moral principle of prudence requires us to act now to protect the common good.

  2. There is persuasive evidence that the consequences of climate change will fall disproportionately on the world's most vulnerable people and inaction will only worsen their suffering.

  3. Policies aimed at addressing global climate change should seek to enhance rather than diminish the economic situation of people in poverty.

  4. Policies should seek to help vulnerable populations here and abroad adapt to adverse climate impacts and actively participate in efforts to address climate change

More information:
For a copy of the full letter, click here. For a resource sheet on global warming including useful website and ideas on preserving the environment, click here.


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