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Background Inside the Greenhouse 

April 2020

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

Update A Trip to Georgia Serves as a Reminder of the Power of Local Advocacy 

Working on Capitol Hill is exhilarating, rewarding and at times suffocating. So, when I traveled to coastal Georgia to visit family at the end of February, it was a welcome respite from the constant political news cycle.

Update A look back: Virtual Spring Lobby Weekend 2020! 

Hundreds of young advocates from all around the U.S. brought a clear and compelling message to Congress: now is the time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate the damage already being done by climate change, and protect vulnerable communities by passing carbon pricing legislation.

Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: The Climate Crisis Is a Human 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.

Event Earth Day 2020 

April 22 at 12:00 p.m. EDT | Zoom Videoconference

Join us on April 22 for an online lobby training on carbon pricing to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day featuring Alicia Cannon from FCNL’s Sustainable Energy and Environment team.

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 Gets a Platinum Rating for Being Green 

When FCNL finished renovations in 2007, 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 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 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.

Letter Faith Organizations Call for Withdrawal of Proposed NEPA Changes 

FCNL joined 19 other faith organizations in submitting a comment to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on the proposed changes to the landmark National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The comment urges CEQ to withdraw its proposed changes, which would limit opportunities for affected communities to be heard and hinder the scope of analysis for environmental impacts.

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