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Washington Newsletter: Climate Change

July 25, 2018


With the United States pulling out of the Paris Agreement, discussions in Congress have increased on the need for tools to mitigate the effects of climate change. Pricing carbon emissions is one such tool but it has long been politically controversial.

At FCNL we believe that climate disruption is real and results primarily from human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). Responsible use and right sharing of the world’s natural resources are crucial to human survival and welfare. If the U.S. were to put a price on carbon emissions, it would not be the first to do so. Other countries that have successfully enacted carbon pricing systems have seen their GHG emissions drop.

Countries involved in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme saw an 8 percent drop in their GHG emissions over five years. Canada is set to impose a national carbon price this year. China is considering pricing its emissions.

Read the rest of this article, and the full Washington Newsletter for July 2018, below.

Background Capturing the True Cost of Carbon 

With the United States pulling out of the Paris Agreement, discussions in Congress have increased on the need for tools to mitigate the effects of climate change. Pricing carbon emissions is one such tool but it has long been politically controversial.

Background A Noah's Ark for Congress 

It literally takes a Noah’s ark to change minds in Congress. Let me explain. When I started working at FCNL nearly five years ago, it was hard to find a Republican member of Congress who would talk publicly about climate change.

Background Reversing Environmental Injustice in Puerto Rico 

Scientists say that the intensity of hurricanes has been increasing due to rising global temperatures. As the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season starts, this is ill news for Puerto Rico and other Caribbean countries that are still trying to recover from the devastation of last year’s Hurricane Maria.

Background Change Through Comics 

Joey Hartmann-Dow spent her spring residency as a Friend in Washington creating a comic book. However, Seeks is not an ordinary comic book.

Background Advocating for Climate Change Action 

Since 2015, FCNL’s Advocacy Corps has connected young, local activists with their members of Congress. This annual program helps youth to develop their skills to become effective social justice advocates.

Background A Quiet But Bustling Place on Capitol Hill 

Quaker Welcome Center

Last October, FCNL opened the Quaker Welcome Center (QWC) in an adjoining townhouse. Completely renovated as a green building, the center is a cozy event space for dialogue and the promotion of peace, justice, and environmental sustainability. It is a place where we train advocates and offer a time for silent reflection.

Background The Power of Persistent Advocacy 

Question & Answer with Scott Greenler

Scott Greenler has been involved in several FCNL young adult programs focused on addressing climate change, including Spring Lobby Weekend, Advocacy Corps, and as a Young Fellow. Throughout these programs, he focused on climate change. In this Q&A, he shares about his experiences advocating for environmental justice with FCNL.