Saturday, February 17, 2007

Religious Leaders Urge Climate Action

In this editorial in Oregon's Statesman Journal, Jenny Holmes and Gary Langenwalter urge Congress and the White House to act on Climate Change.

Across the religious spectrum, religious leaders are calling for national action to address global warming. Faith-based organizations and church councils in places that are most affected by global warming, particularly the nations of Africa and the Pacific Islands, have compelled America’s faith community, including Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, to address global warming.

It is time for the Bush Administration and Congress to take responsible action to address global warming. We need energy policies that guarantee emissions will decrease. This can be done by instituting mandatory caps on global warming pollution, promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency and instituting higher fuel economy standards. It is time to listen to the scientists and to those most affected by global warming. To love our neighbors, both local and global, it is imperative.

Meanwhile, the World Council of Churches has endorsed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report, according to The Christian Post. The Rev. Dr. Martin Robra, WCC program executive for Justice Peace & Creation, said the debate on whether global warming is caused by human activities or not must now shift from denial and delays to responsibility and remedies.
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