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Take Action Tell Your Member to Support Climate Justice
Raise your voice about the COP 23

The 23rd annual United Nations climate change conference started this week, in Bonn, Germany.  For the next two weeks, representatives from more than 200 countries will meet to plan how to effectively and robustly implement the Paris climate agreement. OPW Domestic Policy Representative, Nora Leccese, is in Bonn among dozens of representatives for the global faith community. They are advocating and bearing witness to the proceedings.

This is a crucial moment. Given our Administration’s decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Agreement, it is more important than ever for Americans like you to show that you are still committed to caring for God’s creation and about the devastating impact that climate change is having on vulnerable and under-resourced communities, at home in the United States and overseas.

 Evidence continues to mount of the devastating impact of global warming.  Just last month, the federal government itself released a report encouraging the administration to take climate change risks into account when making policy decisions. Extreme weather events, more frequent and intense because of climate change, have cost the federal government over $350 billion in the last decade. The report makes clear that these costs and other climate change-associated risks, like heat-related deaths and coastal home damage, will continue to rise if the government does not create policy based on the reality of climate change.

 A recent analysis from the United Nations Environment Program also warned of the dangers of inaction. The analysis revealed a large gap between pledges made by countries in the Paris Agreement and the actual greenhouse gas reductions needed to prevent dangerous changes in our climate. The report did not, however, take into account the consequences of the U.S. withdrawal from the agreement, which would make the gap even wider.

 While representatives from around the world gather in Germany to build on the Paris Agreement, the U.S. Congress will also have an opportunity to faithfully live out its moral duty to care for its citizens.   Over the next month, Congress will be deciding how to fund the federal government. This process includes funding for programs such as UNFCCC.  

Please take a moment to contact your Member of Congress and urge them to use their tools to protect creation and our vulnerable sisters and brothers by supporting funding for climate solutions. 

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