to take bold and just climate action at COP27 in Egypt
Dear President Biden,
As people of faith and conscience from across the United States, we urge you to bring the full power and persuasion of the U.S. government to achieve agreement at COP27 in Egypt to rapidly cut emissions and keep global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees. We ask you to also ensure that the U.S. does our fair share to support developing nations and people on the front lines of extreme climate impacts by scaling up funding, investments, and clean technology transfer.
To lead by example, the U.S. must take bold action and make serious and ambitious investments. U.S. faith communities are proving this can be done, cutting emissions in their own facilities and supporting vulnerable people and communities in the U.S. and globally. Fueled by a sense of moral responsibility to care for our neighbors, our common home, and protect our children’s future, congregations and families around the country are reducing their climate pollution.
The U.S. must also have domestic policy in place to curb our own emissions, and we strongly support the climate elements of the Inflation Reduction Act as well as administrative actions to reduce carbon pollution.
This year’s COP comes at a critical moment. We are witnessing the tragic effects of climate change play out around the world as climate disasters intensify. It is affecting every community on Earth, but it is the poor and historically disenfranchised who are least responsible for the problem who suffer the most. These are the very people our faith traditions call us to care for; their lives are of utmost moral concern.
As the wealthiest country in the world and the country that has emitted more carbon pollution than any other, the U.S. has a moral responsibility to solve this crisis and to commit to our fair share. We urge you to lead the world to a safer, more sustainable future where all our children, and all of God’s Creation, can thrive.
We now ask the U.S. government to make the following commitments and advance these priorities during the COP27 negotiations:
We are prepared to partner with you to help solve the climate crisis as we care for the needs of the most vulnerable. We pray for the moral leadership of the U.S. government at this critical moment. Please lead the nations of the world to a meaningful and lasting agreement to protect our climate, on behalf of all of us, and for the future of our children and the generations yet to come.
Cc: John Kerry, Trigg Talley, Jesse Young, Ali Zaidi, John Podesta
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