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Inside the Greenhouse

October, 2017

By Emily Wirzba, Katie Breslin, October 30, 2017


Inside the Greenhouse is a monthly newsletter that provides insight into FCNL’s environmental work, discusses opportunities to engage members of Congress on environmental issues, and shares stories of your work around the country.

This year, our climate team is joined by FCNL’s Advocacy Corps, a group of 20 young people nationwide, in working for congressional action on climate change.

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Inside the Greenhouse

Scott Pruitt

Clean Power Plan: On October 9, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced he will be repealing the Clean Power Plan. This decision, coupled with the decision earlier this year to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, demonstrates shortsightedness and callous disrespect for those already experiencing the effects of climate change. Despite the lack of leadership from the White House on this issue, bipartisan support for congressional action on climate change continues to grow. This month, the Climate Solutions Caucus reached 60 members, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans. Many of these members were convinced to join the caucus due to the grassroots support they received from within their districts.

Hurricane Harvey

Climate Disasters: It was a difficult month for people across the country, with residents of Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico cleaning up after hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. In the west, California experienced the most deadly wildfires in the state’s history. Governor Jerry Brown recognized the role of climate change in the strength of these fires noting that “with a warming climate, dry weather and reducing moisture, these kinds of catastrophes have happened and will continue to happen.”

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In the face of these disasters, we must call on Congress to address the underlying causes of more severe fires, floods, and storms. We encourage you to contact your member of Congress, and ask them to join the Climate Solutions Caucus or to support climate legislation so that we can take meaningful action to protect the lives, homes, and livelihoods of Americans from further climate disasters.

This month, the young adults of FCNL’s Advocacy Corps engaged their members of Congress to ask for action on climate change. We hope you can find inspiration in their stories.

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News and Updates

There are currently 60 members of the Climate Solutions Caucus!

The Climate Solutions Caucus is the first bipartisan body of its kind. It educates representatives on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and explores bipartisan policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. See who's involved.

Advocacy Corps Spotlight

In Action:

Last month, Advocacy Corps Isabella Teti was invited to an in-person meeting with Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey. Isabella has been working closely with Senator Casey’s staff to protect EPA funding in the federal budget. Because of the relationship she built with that office, a staff member tipped her off to an event happening at Pennsylvania State College for Constitution Day. Isabella brought a friend with her to the event and had the opportunity to talk with Senator Casey about why, as a Pennsylvania resident, she thought it was important to protect EPA funding.

Isabella Teti

  • State College, Pennsylvania Advocacy Corps Organizer

Isabella Teti is a senior at the Pennsylvania State University, studying Political Science and Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies. She has an extensive background in community service and social justice activism.After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in policy making.

In the News:

This month, Morgan Mack published a letter to the editor in the Richmond Pal-Item newspaper. In his letter Morgan calls out the record-breaking qualities of Hurricane Harvey, discusses how climate change strengthens hurricanes, and calls for his representative, Luke Messer to join the Climate Solutions Caucus, and to address the issue of climate change.

Morgan Mack

  • Richmond, Indiana Advocacy Corps Organizer

Morgan Mack is currently attending Earlham College. He has not decided a major, but Morgan is interested in Politics, African/African-American studies and Sociology. Morgan is an active member of the Young Friends in Richmond group. Morgan was born and raised in Richmond, IN. His parents, relatives and church community have inspired Morgan's passion for social justice. Morgan is most excited to learn how to network.

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Emily Wirzba

  • Legislative Representative, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Emily Wirzba leads FCNL’s lobbying work to achieve bipartisan recognition of climate change and action in Congress. Emily meets with members of Congress and their staff to promote FCNL's environmental priorities. She also works closely with FCNL's network across the country to organize constituents to lobby, write, and advocate for bipartisan environmental action in Congress. She currently serves as co-chair of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community's Energy and Ecology Working Group.

Katie Breslin

  • Young Adult Program Manager

As FCNL’s Young Adult Program Manager, Katie organizes, trains, and supports the efforts of young activists and leaders to affect big, long-term change within Congress. She offers hands-on leadership experience for young people across the country who work on their college campus or in their home community to mobilize people to engage with Congress.