Dear President-elect Trump,
As a coalition of diverse faith traditions, we are united across theological lines by our commitment to care for and be stewards of all of God’s creation and our call to serve vulnerable communities.
It is the moral responsibility of our nation, and our sacred task as people of faith, to protect our ecosystems, work for environmental justice, and address climate change. The need for global leadership could not be more urgent. We believe that the United States can and must play a leadership role in addressing these environmental challenges which threaten our planet, our security, the health of our families, and the fate of communities throughout the world. Other countries are moving forward, as evidenced at COP22 in Morocco, and it is in the U.S. interest to maintain our leadership role.
We join together to urge you – as the President-elect of the United States – to support policies that will safeguard God’s creation, address the impacts of climate change on our most vulnerable brothers and sisters, and fulfill our moral obligation to future generations in the United States and internationally. In the spirit of finding common ground, we ask that you work across party lines for bipartisan solutions to the environmental challenges facing our nation.
Though we represent a broad array of theological perspectives, we are guided by shared principles of stewardship, sustainability, justice, and dialogue in addressing these critical issues.
Stewardship: We have a responsibility to be caretakers of our natural world and to preserve our ecosystems for future generations. Creation includes all people, animals, and plants, and as such we heed the call to be faithful stewards of our entire natural world. All of God’s creatures have intrinsic worth, and many of our faith traditions specifically call us to protect all species. As stewards of God’s creation, we are charged with protecting the integrity of the web of life.
Sustainability: We must cultivate and maintain a healthy and abundant planet that meets the needs of current and future generations. We seek to put our world on the path to a sustainable future by enabling biological and social systems that support life to thrive. To address the growing pattern of overconsumption, we prioritize systems and lifestyles of sufficiency.
Justice: We strive for justice with the understanding that all people are children of God, but the burden of environmental degradation, pollution, and lack of access to resources falls disproportionately on marginalized communities. In the spirit of justice, we are committed to ensuring that all communities have equal access to a healthy and thriving environment and can participate in shaping a sustainable economic and environmental future.
Dialogue: As people of faith, we are uniquely able to serve as bridge-builders by finding common ground and reaching across political divides. Protection of our environment is not the responsibility of one person or one country, but rather, must be addressed as a united global community. We are rooted in the practice of emphasizing our common values in order to advance cooperation and overcome partisanship at both the national and international levels.
In the spirit of these principles, we urge you to consider the following policy recommendations:
We would appreciate the opportunity to meet with your staff to discuss these recommendations. Please let us know your staff’s availability to meet in Washington, DC.
We urge you to promote bipartisan dialogue as you seek solutions to the environmental challenges facing our nation today and into the future, challenges which are inherently nonpartisan. There is bipartisan, bicameral political will in Congress to advance legislation that will invest in clean energy, protect vulnerable communities, and mitigate and adapt to climate change. We urge you to seek common ground and partner with congressional, private sector, non-profit, and community leaders to foster strong U.S. action.
Our faiths make clear that we must act together for the common good of all people and the future of the earth. As Pope Francis noted in his recent encyclical addressing all humanity, we each must concern ourselves with the fate of our common home, and “cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.”
We call on you to embrace this common responsibility through a commitment to the principles of stewardship, sustainability, justice, and dialogue. We pray that you will use your leadership role to act together in solidarity with God’s earth and in hope for our shared future.
The Bhumi Project
Church World Service
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
Creation Justice Ministries
Disciples Center for Public Witness (Disciples of Christ)
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Franciscan Action Network
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Interfaith Power & Light
Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
Office of Social Justice, Christian Reformed Church in North America
Pax Christi USA
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Quaker Earthcare Witness
Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Western American Province
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Justice Team
Union for Reform Judaism
Unitarian Universalist Association
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
United Methodist Caretakers of God’s Creation
The United Methodist Church - General Board of Church and Society
Young Evangelicals for Climate Action
1/25/2017 06:38:32 am
Great letter. Has there been any response from the Trump administration?
1/31/2017 05:40:03 am
Not yet, Mary. We are still working on identifying the right people to meet with, but we have some leads.
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