A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
As representatives of the faith community, we advocate for the care of Creation, the most vulnerable peoples and communities, and future generations. Read our declaration of support for this bipartisan legislation.
A Moral Conversation
It takes courage to have a meaningful conversation with someone with whom we fundamentally disagree. However, we must openly discuss the environmental concerns that we hold in our hearts if we want to see change.
The Obama Administration is currently negotiating two major trade deals: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
News and Resources
The U.S. will soon have its first climate refugees: the Newtok community of Native Alaskans, who are losing their homes because of climate change.
Read more here.
The United States could have helped prevent tensions in Syria from escalating into civil breakdown if it had worked with the international community to tackle the growing problem of water shortages, stemming from a terrible drought.
Read why water is key here.
A lot happened on climate change in the week of September 16th. The Senate debated an energy efficiency bill, the Environmental Protection Agency released emission standards regulating new power plants, and Congress held hearings on the Keystone XL Pipeline and President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.
Read what is happening here.
The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 (S. 1392), introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), could be the new beginning of meaningful bipartisan action towards a cleaner, cost-saving, and more efficient energy future.
Read more about the bill here.
Climate experts have been arguing that climate change has the potential to create and exacerbate violent conflict as resource scarcity becomes more severe. The United States military agrees. In their own words, here are the statements of fifteen military leaders, active and retired, on the role of climate in creating conflict.
Read what military leaders are saying about climate change.
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
"The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein." "We believe that humankind must respect the ecological integrity and the sacredness of the natural world. People must choose activities, create institutions, and establish policies and laws that are beneficial to the earth and will help protect and regenerate its ecosystems."