May 14, 2013
Atmospheric monitors announced that we now have a daily average of 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the air. This is significantly above anything scientists consider to be sustainable. Yes, this is depressing news, but let's use it as amplification for our loudest call yet to Congress to finally take action!
May 14, 2013
On May 8, S. 761, the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill was sent from the energy committee to the Senate floor for a vote. An amendment to help non-profits save energy was also introduced. We're down to the wire on these bills; write to your senators or your local newspaper today to urge their support!
May 1, 2013
Read about March and April on Capitol Hill: we lobbied for the energy efficiency bill that's just been introduced, but we can't stop now. We're working toward a climate summit, pushing a carbon tax, and much more.
Apr 30, 2013
FCNL is a charter member of a broad-based coalition—renamed the National Partnership on Climate Solutions (NPCS)—advocating for the President to host a summit on climate solutions. The coalition’s value lies in the common non-partisan expression of concern about climate disruption shared by leaders representing many sectors of American society, including faith, farming, diversity, business, insurance, environment, military, and state, tribal, local, and city governments.
Apr 22, 2013
Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has grown to become the largest civic observance in the world. How can you help us become more green on Earth Day?
Apr 8, 2013
Last month, over 100 students and committed environmental activists joined us here in Washington for our annual Spring Lobby Weekend. Congress told us that we’re doing exactly what’s necessary but that we can’t -- and shouldn’t -- let up now. Please consider joining us and the incredible citizen lobbyists to make a difference on climate change.
Mar 5, 2013
Last week, the State Department issued the draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline (KXL). The SEIS makes some deeply disconcerting assumptions, especially when contrasted with President Obama’s soaring rhetoric about his commitment to address climate change. But we can still affect the pipeline review process, and we will continue to take action in the coming months.
Feb 26, 2013
Senators Sanders (VT) and Boxer (CA) introduced a climate bill that is a solid step toward significantly cutting greenhouse gas emissions without unfairly burdening those who devote a significant percentage of their incomes on energy. We're looking forward to working closely with the Senate on these issues in the coming months.
Feb 20, 2013
This Sunday I joined an estimated 35,000 people on the National Mall to protest the Keystone XL pipeline. It was quite an experience. But what now? We can, and must, link our protests to specific policy changes. What better way to do that than to lobby our members of Congress directly?
Jan 23, 2013
President Obama’s statements on climate change in his Inauguration Address this Monday ended the climate silence which had enshrouded the nation’s capital since 2010. Now is the time to transform words into deeds. How can we make the leap?
Jan 23, 2013
There is a long and rich history of Second Inaugural speeches, and President Obama's speech did not disappoint. His discussion of climate and environment issues is a cause for celebration--and for action.
Jan 15, 2013
Policy change is not a spectator sport. Initiatives on gun violence, immigration reform and greenhouse gas pollution will not end up changing policy without the engagement of tens of thousands of people around the country.
Jan 9, 2013
Some days are bad, depressing news days. Some days are decidedly better. Today, a pair of articles simultaneously reminds us of the environmental fix we're in--but also suggests a way out of the mess.
Dec 18, 2012
Last Wednesday, FCNL sponsored a briefing in the House to demonstrate that faith leaders are ready and willing to work with Congress to develop lasting solutions to the climate crisis. Members of Congress addressed the assembled crowd, as did faith leaders from several different traditions, and the ambassador from Micronesia.
Nov 13, 2012
As we begin to recover from the sometimes-brutal election season, look to Washington. We’re working to get five serious, practical policy solutions to the climate crisis through Congress and to the President’s desk.
Oct 30, 2012
I've been in my apartment for the last forty-eight hours, waiting for Sandy to pass through Washington. We East Coasters affected by Sandy are very fortunate.
Oct 19, 2012
Beyond the environmental imperative, FCNL believes there is a moral imperative to act on climate change. This week, we joined over forty other faith groups who signed a letter urging the Presidential candidates to address the issue on the campaign trail and in policy proposals.
Oct 3, 2012
Think you live a green lifestyle? So did I. Turns out, we'd need over two Earths to sustain my current lifestyle in the United States. The good news is there are steps we can all take, starting today, to reduce our collective footprint on this Earth. Read on to find out more, or to take the quiz that opened my eyes.
Sep 27, 2012
One of the key questions for those advocating a greener economy is what can possibly replace fossil fuels and gas to power our lives. Turns out, clean energy is much closer to being able to do this than we realize.
Sep 18, 2012
This election season, the candidates are talking about some of the most pressing issues facing the country today. But there's one tremendously important issue they're forgetting, time and time again.
Sep 14, 2012
Addressing climate disruption is not an easy or a small task. Even without climate change legislation, there are steps each one of us can take, every day, to reduce our carbon footprint. Every little bit will make a difference.