Bridging Faith and Science to Fight Climate Change

Over the weekend, an impressive line up of community leaders gathered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in downtown Atlanta, Ga. to show support for President Obama’s Climate Change Plan as a part of the larger ‘I Will #ActOnClimate’ campaign. The event, which was only publicized locally this week, gathered an impressive and diverse crowd—from local residents to environmental advocates to tourists visiting the National Historic Site–all dropping by to hear the inspiring words from the speakers.

Congressman John Lewis speaks at an #ActonClimate event, Ebenezer Baptist Church
Rev. Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church, host of the event, set a tone of action from the beginning “… when we are talking about the Earth, and the care of the Earth we are talking about a spiritual issue, a moral issue, a public health issue, an economic issue, a social justice issue. And so we stand this morning in support of President Barack Obama and his bold initiatives to make a real difference by reducing carbon emissions in our atmosphere.”

President Barack Obama released a new climate change plan on June 25, 2013. The plan addresses cutting energy waste in businesses, our homes, and factories; building a new transportation sector; accelerating clean energy leadership; preparing for the impacts of climate change; and, most significantly, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon emissions from power plants. As highlighted by Rev. Warnock at the event, “We need to recognize that U.S plants are responsible for 40% of the carbon pollution that causes climate change–pollution that has gone completely unchecked. The result has been the effects of climate change, increased health risks and extreme weather which threatens communities across the country. Action on carbon pollution from power plants is the largest step that has been taken to combat and address the social injustice inflicted on our community. Let us be clear this morning, carbon pollution affects everybody, but it does not affect everybody equally.”

July 30, 2013

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