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Inside the Greenhouse

May 2019

By Milo Keller, May 2, 2019


Inside the Greenhouse is a monthly newsletter about FCNL’s environmental work, ways to engage members of Congress, and stories that impact our work.

House Passes H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act

Great news! Today the House passed the Climate Action Now Act (H.R.9) by a vote of 231-190. The bill, which prevents the Trump administration from using federal funds to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, passed with unanimous Democratic support and included Republican votes. The legislation also requires the administration to submit a plan to meet the United State’s goals under the agreement to Congress and update it annually.

The Paris Agreement represents the world’s collective first step towards meeting our shared responsibility to address climate change. The U.S. must take a leadership role in resolving the climate crisis and not retreat from our moral obligation to protect vulnerable communities around the world. While we do not expect H.R. 9 to get a vote in the Senate, its passage through the House is a positive step.

FCNL joined with 30 national faith organizations in sending a letter in support of H.R. 9 to Congress.

FCNL Participates in Earth Day

Emily Wirzba, FCNL’s legislative representative for sustainable energy and environment, spoke on a webinar entitled, “Bringing Faith-Rooted Climate Policy to Earth Day.” She discussed the current state of climate policy and faith-based climate action. Watch the recording here.

On April 10, FCNL held a two-part climate change event at our Quaker Welcome Center. That morning I led a lobbying training focused on building support for bipartisan carbon pricing legislation. In the evening, three Quaker climate activists spoke about their work and how their faith grounds their convictions. The recordings of both these events can be viewed here.

Environmental Stewardship Panelists. Left to Right- Kallan Benson, Jamie DeMarco, and Beverly G. Ward.

Kallan Benson, Jamie DeMarco, and Beverly G. Ward spoke about how their Quaker faith grounds their climate advocacy.

More than 50 Faith Advocates Send Letter to Congress on Mercury Rule

Emily Wirzba joined more than 50 other climate advocates from faith organizations in sending a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to reconsider his dangerous rollbacks of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The public comment period on this rule change has now closed, but we hope Administrator Wheeler will listen to calls to consider the deadly effects of this rollback.

Stay tuned for Updates on the Climate Solutions Caucus in the 116th Congress

News and Updates

Climate Change Fueling Inequality
A new study by two Stanford University professors shows that a quarter of global economic inequality can be attributed to climate change.

Climate Change Increasing Global Migration
Climate change is often overlooked as a cause of migration, but it is increasingly forcing people from their homes.

Stark Warnings
The last time atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were this high, sea levels were 60 feet higher and trees grew near the South Pole.

Spotlight: Advocacy in Action

Eileen Smit and Tricia Slotterback lobby Rep. Jack Bergman (MI-01) on climate issues.

Michigan Quakers Eileen Smit and Tricia Slotterback came to Washington, D.C. to lobby Rep. Jack Bergman (MI-01) on climate issues.

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Milo Keller

  • Program Assistant, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Milo Keller served as the Program Assistant for Sustainable Energy and Environment for 2018-2019.