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10,000 Christians tell the President
of their commitment to climate stability

Washington, March 11, 2009— Thousands of Christians sent President Obama a letter today expressing their commitment to limiting the future impacts of climate change.

The letter, released by The National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program, focuses on climate change as a moral issue that demands immediate, effective and just action. Over 10,000 people signed the document.

“Climate change is no longer just a Sunday morning conversation for Christians and communities of faith,” noted Cassandra Carmichael, director of the NCC's Eco-Justice Programs.

“People understand that climate change will continue to impact not only God’s Creation, but all of God’s people, particularly those living in poverty around the world; this realization is calling people and communities to action.”

The letter is being delivered in conjunction with an upcoming conference devoted solely to climate change.

More than 650 people of faith from around the country will be arriving in Washington this Friday to advocate on behalf of God’s people and God’s Creation.

Both the letter to President Obama and the message being delivered to Congress assert the desire of people of faith to see efforts that address the need for a marked reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, one of the primary causes of the worst impacts climate change.

The messages also call for financial assistance to low-income and working families to protect them from the increased cost of energy that would occur under national climate policy, and for international adaption assistance to help the most vulnerable developing nations and communities cope with the impacts of climate change.

“President Obama’s inclusion of revenue from climate legislation in his recent budget proposal indicates that this issue is a top priority for the administration,” said Carmichael. “We look forward to working with the administration and Congress to ensure that climate legislation is as strong as possible to protect all of God’s great Creation.”

The complete text of the letter can be found on the NCC Eco-Justice Program website http://www.nccecojustice.org/presidentialletter.html

The National Council of Churches is the ecumenical voice of America's Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican, historic African American and traditional peace churches. These 35 communions have 45 million faithful members in 100,000 congregations in all 50 states.


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