Religious Groups Push Climate Aid for Poor

Kendall Harmon has the following bit of news – and since there’s no link to the original source – I’ll just quote it and update it later when I get a chance to google around for the source:

“An alliance of religious groups is vowing a relentless push to restore a key provision to assist the international poor in America’s Climate Security Act, the first greenhouse gas cap-and-trade bill with a realistic chance of passage in the Senate.

In a press conference today, top faith leaders from the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, the National Council of Churches, and the Union of Reform Judaism emphasized the need for U.S. funding of adaptation efforts in the world’s poorest countries, which emit relatively little carbon dioxide but may be hardest hit by global warming because of their locale and lack of infrastructure and money.

‘As always, poor and working-class people need advocates, and that is what the faith community traditionally does,’ Paul Gorman, executive director of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, told U.S. News before the press conference. ‘We plan to be sending out materials to delegations and making phone calls. The single most striking thing about us and this issue is the degree of unity across the ideological spectrum. We see this as an extension of our traditional concern for the international and domestic poor.'”

This is exactly the sort of thing that needs to start happening. There’s been numerous studies that have pointed out that the poor and the developing world are going to bear the primary burden of climate change. While the effect may be noticeable to the wealthy, the poor have fewer option to adapt to a concurrent rise in prices or scarcity in food.

Read the rest here: TitusOneNine – Religious Groups Push Climate Aid for Poor

Author: Nick Knisely

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