In the past year, following Rep. Chris Gibson’s (R, NY-19) introduction of H. Res. 424, the Republican resolution on climate change, the political will to address climate change in a bipartisan fashion in Congress has steadily grown.
As we stood in a circle outside of Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s office, the voices of Hindus, Buddhists, Quakers, Jews, Seekers, Christians, Baha’is, Indigenous peoples, and Muslims collectively sang “People gonna rise like the waters, gonna calm this crisis down. I hear the voice of my great-granddaughter, crying climate justice now.”
A shared Quaker statement on TTIP and free trade agreements
On May 19th, FCNL joined the American Friends Service Committee, Quaker Council for European Affairs, Quaker Peace & Social Witness, and the Quaker UN Office in releasing a shared Quaker statement on TTIP and free trade agreements.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is an independent multilateral climate fund established by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the end of 2011. It aims to make an ambitious contribution to attaining the climate mitigation and adaptation goals of the international community.
History texts and recent news stories tell all too often of collapses in working mines, and the tragedies they bring for miners’ families and communities. But abandoned mines can also be dangerous, and their potential for harm can be both silent and catastrophic. The Gold King Mine disaster demonstrates the dangers that can lurk quietly for decades, and then erupt.
In order to move forward with solutions to our most pressing challenges, we must understand that we are all in this together. Palmer writes that we need to learn to value our nation’s diversity of opinions and backgrounds, and states that we must “find a true point of identity with people” whose foundational beliefs are different than our own.
In international relations, the Paris Agreement is a shining monument of enlightened self-interest. Stunningly, the nation-states debated the sufficiency of the 2 degree Celsius warming limit and ultimately embraced as the better aspiration a 1.5 degree Celsius warming limit.
At FCNL, we seek to protect vulnerable communities and God’s Creation from climate change and environmental degradation. We believe that President Obama’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 is a very strong step towards achieving these goals.