A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
A Moral Call
The US Congress is pivotal to national and global efforts to meet the challenge of climate disruption. For Congress to be part of the solution, collaboration between legislators from both political parties are needed. Over the past 3 years, FCNL, with concerned citizens across the nation with diverse organizations across civil society, has helped foster a new moral, bipartisan and cooperative spirit in Congress. We all played key roles in the introduction of resolution on climate change by 11 House Republicans in September 2015. We continue to foster this spirit so that Congress can craft meaningful legislative solutions.
News and Resources
FCNL joined over 1,500 other faith, environment, labor, public health, and citizen organizations in sending a letter to Congress on January 7th expressing opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Read the letter here.
As Congress works to finalize the Fiscal Year 2016 appropriations bill, faith traditions are asking support for the U.S. pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the President’s FY2016 budget request of $500 million for the GCF.
Read the support letter here.
While there is no comprehensive bipartisan climate change bill at this time, there are several bipartisan bills that have already been introduced in this Congress that make significant progress towards reducing emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change.
Read about the bills here.
Leaders of 34 National Faith Communities around the United States sent a letter to Congress today in support of a resolution introduced by 11 Republican members that commits Congress to studying and addressing climate change, including human activities that have an impact.
Read the press release here.
With his encyclical on climate, the Pope stands with a long tradition of faiths speaking out for care of Creation. The moral perspective of the encyclical and other faith statements is an essential component to changing the conversation on climate.
As Quakers, we are called to work for the peaceable Kingdom of God on the whole Earth, in right sharing with all peoples. We recognize a moral duty to cherish Creation for future generations.
Read the shared statement here.
Religious groups and faith-based organizations the world all over are in agreement: climate disruption requires immediate action. Climate disruption disproportionately affects the poor and disenfranchised, but it also goes against the ideals of stewardship and of leaving the Earth for generations to come.
Read what these groups are saying about the environment.
FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
"We declare that humankind must respect the ecological integrity and the sacredness of the natural world. All on this earth are interdependent, and we are strongly mindful of the call to be wise stewards of what God has provided. Friends’ testimonies have deep relevance to the global environmental crises we see unfolding around us."