Climate change, ecological issues, pollution are wreaking havoc on communities, displacing people because of super-storms and “man-made” disasters. All elected officials should support policies that protect the environment and the people living in it. All elected officials should support programs that provide adequate resources for vulnerable communities to be able to prepare for and rebuild after crises caused by natural and man-made ecological disasters. All elected officials should support a just transition away from fossil fuels to clean energy, including providing employment and re-training for workers who currently rely on the fossil fuel industry.
Communities of color and poor communities bear a disproportionate environmental burden - forced to live closer to toxic dumping grounds and the pollution from fossil fuel extraction, trash-burning incinerators, and other heavy industries. All elected officials should support policies that will hold companies accountable for the damage they've caused, require them to clean up their messes, and prevent the pollution of communities in the future.
We cannot claim to love our earthly neighbors and sit quietly while the Earth herself is made unfit for human habitation. We cannot love humanity and yet give way to forces that derail the very climate that gives us life. We cannot be silent in a world devastated by our predatory relationship with nature. We must choose community and care of the earth over chaos and greed, recognizing that to protect the Earth’s delicate climate balance is to challenge the policies that increase militarism, advance poverty, and suppress democracy.
WATCH THE GATHERING ON ECOLOGICAL DEVASTATION
On Sunday, Oct. 1 at The Gathering, co-hosted by the Rev. Dr. William J Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, we partnered with 350.org, Appalachian Voices and Our Children’s Trust to hear from people affected by ecological devastation around the world on how we can join the fight for climate justice.
LISTEN TO THE GATHERING PODCAST ON ECOLOGICAL DEVASTATION
TESTIMONIES OF IMPACTED PEOPLE
- The Looming Superfund Nightmare
- Lack Of Adequate Sanitation Affects Poor Across The Globe And In The U.S.
SCRIPTURAL & PROPHETIC REFERENCES
"When hurricanes strike, the poor suffer. The Earth is crying out against our society’s greed, but the people who have done the least to create climate change are suffering the most."
– Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.
– Genesis 1:1-2, 29-31
"We are not faced with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the underprivileged, and at the same time protecting nature."
– Pope Francis. Laudato Si, 139
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
– Preamble of the Constitution of the United States
TAKE ACTION FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE
JOIN THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival aims to build a broad and deep national moral fusion movement — rooted in the leadership of the poor, marginalized and moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings — to unite our country from the bottom up.
The call for a Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations and movements fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, militarism, environmental destruction & related injustices and to build a just, sustainable and participatory society. We draw on the history, vision and unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.
We need a new Poor People’s Campaign for a Moral Revival in America. It is time to become a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.