Throughout American history, people of faith have been at the forefront in addressing the greatest injustices of any era, transforming hearts, minds, and the course of our country. Today, religious communities are called to bring leadership to a new moral challenge - climate change.
We took climate change out of a political conversation and put it into a personal values conversation
Catholic Social Action, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
For the sake of our neighbors and for all of God’s creation, faith communities must provide a prophetic voice and powerful examples to inspire others to join them in leaving the legacy of a healthier, safer world for future generations.
Why are faith leaders uniquely positioned to lead on climate change? Because…
1. We are grateful for God’s creation
The created world is a reflection of the glory of God. We express gratitude for the wondrous gifts we’ve been given when we fulfill our God-given responsibility to be good stewards of the created world.
2. We have a proud tradition of being the leaders in social change
We have been the driving force behind every transformative movement throughout our nation’s history, whether it be slavery, civil rights, domestic poverty, or global development. Today, this sense of vision and mission is needed more than ever to protect our people and our shared home.
3. Climate change is a moral challenge
While some may see climate change as a political, economic, or scientific issue, we recognize it, first and foremost, as a moral challenge. Leading on climate is part of how we live out our faith and fulfill our mission in the world.
4. A moral voice is needed
In a time when partisanship and politics dominate and paralyze conversation; people of faith have the opportunity to inspire and empower Americans on climate solutions as trusted moral messengers for the common good.
5. We are called to respond to what we see around us
We weren’t always climate change leaders, but we have come to realize that addressing climate is an essential part of how we fulfill our responsibility to protect and provide for our congregation, children, and country. Many of us are already witnessing the impacts of climate change firsthand as we repair, rebuild, and restore communities in the wake of unprecedented storms, droughts, and other disasters.
6. Caring for creation is caring for our neighbors
The call to care for others and those in need is central to our faith. As climate change impacts lives and livelihoods throughout the world, we have the power to translate our compassion into action.
7. We have a responsibility to the poor and vulnerable
The poorest people and places in America and other nations bear the greatest consequences of climate change, yet are the least prepared for it and to advocate for help. In leading by example and inspiring others on climate change, we serve as a voice for the voiceless.
8. We will protect the home of future generations
We believe in leaving a legacy for future generations. Through leading on climate change, we commit to passing down a safer, healthier, more stable world to our children.
9. Leading on climate change will strengthen our congregation
Climate solutions will create fellowship, enrich personal faiths, and reduce our costs, freeing up money for mission. It can help us connect with new audiences, especially a younger generation, by demonstrating that we share their values and concerns.
10. We can be a source of inspiration for others
Others are inspired when people of faith practice what they preach. We can provide a powerful example that can instill hope and, in doing so, change what is possible.