Over the past week we have experienced a thousand-year flood in Houston and the most powerful storm ever to form in the Atlantic.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says now is not the time to talk about climate change. But the mayor of Miami says “if this isn’t climate change, I don’t know what is.”
Hurricanes Irma and Harvey were intensified and strengthened by the warming waters of the Atlantic Ocean – just like climate scientists have predicted. We need to take action now to fight global warming. Religious organizations are often on the front lines of disaster response, but in the case of climate change our call is greater – to protect Creation and save lives by preventing the worst impacts.
If we fail to dramatically reduce our carbon pollution over the next decade, these kinds of storms could become the new normal. That is why Interfaith Power & Light was formed and why we are working in congregations across the country to inspire and motivate faithful action for Creation.
People like you are making a big impact. IPL members have called and written their Congressional representatives, and we are gaining Republican converts in the House Climate Solutions Caucus. Over 7,000 houses of worship and individuals have declared they are “Still In Paris” and pledged to reduce their emissions accordingly.
IPL’s programs help people of all religious backgrounds learn about global warming and discover how they can take action. These programs reach over 20,000 congregations across the country, but we need to reach even more congregations to energize more people of faith into action.
“Unprecedented”, “1-in-1,000 year event” and “record-breaking.” Global warming is happening. But we can still hold off its worst effects by taking action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. We must, if we care for future generations who will call this Earth home.