Join a Public Meeting or write a letter to protect the EPA
Last month, Donald Trump issued an executive order instructing the EPA and other federal agencies to “reform” (read: dismantle) regulations that protect our environment and health. But it’s not as simple as that, and the EPA has a public process it must implement before any regulatory changes. And now, the EPA has begun a public comment period to get feedback on the order.
Speak out against anti-climate executive order
Donald Trump issued an executive order to turn back the clock on the climate progress we have made over the past decade.
Let him hear from you. Global warming threatens Creation and disproportionately harms the most vulnerable among us. That’s why climate change is the mother of all environmental justice issues, and an urgent priority for people of faith.
In addition to directing the EPA to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, this executive order is sweeping and also attempts to undo methane standards for oil and gas operations, stop federal agencies from considering the impact of climate change in their decisions, and open up federal lands for coal mining.
This issue goes to the heart of our spiritual values and our call to serve the poor, protect life, and to be good stewards of Creation. Over the past decade, we’ve made important progress: EPA actions have helped curb pollution from power plants, mileage standards are making our cars more fuel efficient, and we have supported climate vulnerable nations to adapt with our contributions to the Green Climate Fund. We have much more to do, and we should be building on our progress, not reversing it.
Paris: We’re Still in Petition
Despite the strong support of a majority of Americans and major U.S. corporations, the Trump administration seems to be determined to back out of the Paris climate accord. Official withdrawal by the U.S. would be a stunning, unprecedented blow to a historic global agreement. Having the world’s richest country and second largest polluter renege, just as efforts to combat global warming were getting underway, could undermine the whole deal and the commitment of other nations.
Let’s show the world that no matter what the White House says: we’re still in. We can do our part. We, communities of faith and individuals of conscience, will do our part. We will reduce emissions, move to clean energy where we can, and continue to advocate for a sustainable future.
Sign the Pledge to let your elected officials, the UN, and the world know that you are one of the many people of faith who have taken action to care for the earth. Let them you you are taking the Paris Pledge seriously and expect them to keep America’s promise to the world and keep us in the Paris Agreement.
Tell Your Senators not to Roll Back Methane Pollution Laws
Last year, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized common sense natural gas emissions standards aimed at putting an end to wasteful leaks, venting and flaring of natural gas and dangerous pollutants. The new standards would reduce the harmful impact of the oil and gas industry on our communities and cut methane, a potent greenhouse gas that traps 80 times as much heat over a 20-year period as carbon dioxide. Don’t let Congress go backward and let oil and gas companies off the hook by using a Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overrule the agency and the public. We deserve better – Senators must not sell out the health of their constituents to the fossil fuel industry.
Tell President Trump -Protect Creation not Pipelines
Send a letter to President Trump today. Tell him to build a clean energy future, not more dirty oil pipelines.
In the face of clear scientific consensus that our dependence on fossil fuels is jeopardizing our climate and threatening vulnerable communities around the world, it is unconscionable to build more oil pipelines for the benefit of a few wealthy oil companies. Tell President Trump: support people, not oil industry profits. Creation and our climate depend upon it.
Stop tar sands pipeline: add your name
Enbridge, the company behind the worst onshore oil spill in American history, is back. This time, they’re trying to double the amount of tar sands oil coming to the U.S. on the Alberta Clipper pipeline. The Alberta Clipper pipeline already pumps 450,000 barrels of tar sands crude from Canada over major rivers, pristine natural habitat, and tribal lands. Enbridge wants to double that capacity by pumping more oil through the same pipes, greatly increasing the risk of toxic leaks due to high pressure.
Ask your Senators To Reject Scott Pruitt as the head of the EPA
Please call your senators now to ask them to stop the nomination of Scott Pruitt for the EPA. Call the US Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your senators office
Sample message: As a person of faith I am concerned about the nomination of Scott Pruitt for the EPA. He has actively worked against the mission of the agency he has been nominated to lead and he should be rejected by the Senate. We need someone who will stand up for clean air, clean water, healthy communities and a safe climate
You can look up your individual senators contact information here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Ask your Senators not to confirm Rex Tillerson as secretary of state
This Wednesday the Senate is planning to hold confirmation hearings for ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state. The secretary of state is the senior U.S. official working on foreign policy.
Ask your senators now to reject Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.
Mr. Tillerson’s career at ExxonMobil, lack of understanding of the global climate crisis, questionable ties to foreign governments with anti-democratic leadership and human rights abuses is unacceptable for our secretary of state.
Dear President-elect Trump – Climate Change is not a Hoax
Denying climate change is not an option. Lagging behind the world on one of the world’s great challenges will only cede our status as global leader. We urge you, our elected leaders to act responsibly on behalf of our world and our children’s future: commit to a clean energy future today. Protecting our health, preserving Creation, and revitalizing our communities all depend on climate action. Appointing climate-deniers far outside the mainstream of scientific consensus to run the EPA will not get us there. Rolling back common sense clean air standards that are saving lives and creating jobs will backfire.
We call for a united political commitment to combat climate change as a moral responsibility for future generations. Sign now Tell Trump and Congress that climate change is real and we need to take action to stop it
Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
We have a small window of time in which the Army Corps has stopped Energy Access Pipeline from completing construction. They need to hear from us now more than ever that the Army Corps should deny the permit outright. This pipeline doesn’t just endanger the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. By investing in oil infrastructure we are committing ourselves, as a nation, to deepening our dependence on fossil fuels – the greatest contributor to global warming.
Take the Pledge: Vote with climate and Creation in Mind!
Tell the presidential candidates that you are voting with Creation in mind.
Let the EPA know you support Clean Energy for Everyone
The EPA is accepting public comments until Nov 1st on their proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP). Part of the Clean Power Plan, the CEIP is a “matching fund” program that helps states invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that are implemented in disadvantaged communities. It helps states meet their Clean Power Plan goals while encouraging access to clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.
Urge Congress to Support Green Climate Fund
The Green Climate Fund was conceived to help poor and vulnerable countries adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change like changing weather patterns, sea level rise, and extreme weather events and build more resilient societies. More than 30 countries have pledged $10.2 billion to get the fund up and running. But we need to do our part and deliver on that promise. Click here to tell your members of Congress: $750 million for the Green Climate Fund is essential to combating global climate change!
Tell CNN to stop giving more air time to Big Oil than to the biggest threat to humanity has ever faced: global warming.
In the weeks following announcements that 2015 was the hottest year on record and February 2016 was the hottest month ever, CNN aired nearly FIVE TIMES more fossil fuel advertising than climate reporting. As people of faith we share the moral responsibility of caring for Creation, our most vulnerable neighbors who are already suffering from climate impacts, and the generations that will live here after us.That’s why IPL is working with Environmental Action, Climate Truth, Honor the Earth, and others to tell CNN they must #ReportOnClimate. Sign the petition now asking for fair and balanced reporting at CNN on climate change.
Sign Petition to Divest the Vatican
Did you know that the Vatican bank controls $9 billion in investments? What if all that money were invested with the values Pope Francis shares: protecting Creation for future generations and serving the poor? That could have a big impact. IPL is joining with our friends at 350.org to encourage the Pope to put the Vatican’s money where its mouth is. Join IPL and our friends at 350.org in urging the Vatican to divest from fossil fuels.
Click here to sign the petition.
Tell the EPA: Tighten Restrictions on Fracking Now
“Fracking” — short for hydrofracturing — involves injecting the earth with chemicals, diesel fuel, water and sand to unlock oil and gas. It can also release methane into the air and radioactive elements underground, contaminate groundwater and many believe that it could destabilize faults and create earthquakes. But fracking is so minimally regulated that we don’t even know what chemicals are used or what health effects they may have.
Click here to tell the EPA: It’s time to regulate fracking.
Sign Climate Action Petition for UN
Add your name to our Interfaith Climate Petition calling for U.S. leadership at the climate summit, with a commitment to both meaningful emissions reductions and support for poor and vulnerable nations. Click here to sign Interfaith Climate Petition.