This spring 97 religious leaders in Iowa joined together to release A Statement by Religious Leaders in Iowa on Global Climate Change. The statement reads, in part, “As religious leaders representing diverse faith traditions and congregations in Iowa, we believe that global climate change is a moral issue. We feel a particular responsibility to speak on behalf of those whose voices are not heard–the most vulnerable in our society and in our world, including children and future generations.”
These faith leaders represent 14 different religious traditions and 73 congregations or organizations from 29 different cities around the state. We hear a great deal about the theology and polity that divide our varied faith traditions, but there are clearly at least two things that we share in common: a calling to care for Earth and a calling to care for our most vulnerable neighbors. Because climate change is an issue that impacts both of these, we come together to work for sustainable climate policies.
The Iowa religious leaders’ statement led to another significant joining together as well. Nearly 400 faith leaders from throughout the Midwest signed a letter to President Obama to support the proposed carbon pollution standards for power plants that are being proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, including those same 97 leaders from Iowa.
Power plants produce nearly 40% of U.S. carbon emissions, a primary driver of global warming. The letter reads, in part, “Climate change exacerbates issues on which our congregations and faith communities are already working: issues like hunger, clean water, disaster relief, refugee services, and conflict resolution, to name just a few. It is the role of faith leaders to help others connect the dots between climate change and its impacts, and to advocate for meaningful solutions. We believe that limiting carbon pollution from power plants is a part of that solution, and we urge your administration to move forward in proposing and finalizing these rules.”
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