As people of faith, we can call on our Representatives and Senators to promote economic justice, social inclusion, and climate resilience in the United States and for our neighbors in low- and middle-income countries.
At the Leaders Summit on Climate organized by the White House last month, the United States committed to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030 and to tripling much-needed climate finance by 2024.
By investing in climate-resilient infrastructure in the United States, we can meet our domestic emissions commitments while creating jobs that will stimulate economic growth, address basic needs in low-wealth communities and communities of color, and create a healthier future for our children and the planet. In addition, we can call for legislation to deliver the necessary climate finance for global adaptation and mitigation efforts, especially for the impoverished countries suffering most from the effects of climate change.
As Pope Francis noted in his Earth Day message, we do not come out of the crisis the same; we come out better or worse. Coming out better will involve working together to courageously address the threat of climate change as we recover from the pandemic.
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