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Washington Newsletter: The Climate Crisis Is a Human Crisis

March 30, 2020


At no time since we first celebrated Earth Day 50 years ago have we experienced such an environmental crisis as today. Climate change and the depletion of the Earth’s ecosystems are having a devastating impact on us all. Last year, we ended the hottest decade and second hottest year in modern history.

We will need to drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in order to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050.

FCNL is dedicated to convincing congress that it is important to develop solutions to the climate crisis.

Scientists in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that such a warming would result in extreme temperatures; increases in frequency, intensity and amount of heavy precipitation; and increase in intensity or frequency of droughts.

As people of faith, we understand­—as many indigenous peoples have long understood—that we are an integral part of nature. We need not look far to see how climate change is harming people and ravaging vulnerable communities.

You can read more of this article, and the rest of the March/April Washington Newsletter, below.

Background 50 Years After the First Earth Day, Congress Must Address the Climate Crisis 

At no time since we first celebrated Earth Day 50 years ago have we experienced such an environmental crisis as today. Climate change and the depletion of the Earth’s ecosystems are having a devastating impact on us all. Last year, we ended the hottest decade and second hottest year in modern history.

Background Resolving Climate Change for Future Generations 

When I first walked through FCNL’s doors, a 2013 college graduate filled with zeal to change the world, I knew a few things. First, I was passionate about climate change and environmental issues. Second, I wanted to enact structural change to address the problem and was eager to see how lobbying and advocacy could make a difference.

Background FCNL Gets a Platinum Rating for Being Green 

When FCNL finished renovations in 2005, it earned a notable honor: 245 2nd Street became the first green building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Now, more than a decade later, FCNL’s drive to minimize its environmental footprint has earned it a platinum rating, the highest level for a green building.

Background Young Adults Virtually Lobby for Climate Solutions 

More than 450 young adults from 40 states have registered to virtually attend Spring Lobby Weekend (SLW), March 29-31. They will attend from meetings, churches, colleges, and universities.

Background FCNL Wins Five Communications Awards 

The Religion Communicators Council recently granted FCNL five DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards in recognition of the excellence of its communications work in 2019. RCC is the oldest group of its kind and the DeRose-Hinkhouse is most prestigious in the field of religious communications.

Background The Power of Faith in Bridging Divides 

FCNL policy committee member Michael Snarr recently co-authored a book that profiles seven individuals living out their faith through service to others. Emily Wirzba, FCNL’s lead environmental lobbyist, was one of them.