The Trump Administration released on November 3rd what is likely the most comprehensive report to date on environmental degradation. Based on overwhelming evidence of global warming, the report states that human activity is the primary cause of the earth’s rising temperature. It also shows the virtual certainty of intensifying and increased frequency of severe high temperature and extreme precipitation events. The harmful consequences of environmental degradation caused by global warming disproportionately impacts our brothers and sisters living in poverty who are least equipped to adapt.
As Lutherans, we recognize that our failure to protect God’s people and all of creation leads to problems that intensify social injustices, resulting in situations where those who are marginalized and vulnerable are most impacted.
Thousands of people from nearly 200 countries are travelling to Bonn, Germany this week for the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (COP 23). The objective of COP 23 is to make progress toward implementation of the Paris Agreement, which addresses climate change by requiring nations to pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Despite President Trump’s notification earlier this year of the United States’ intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the world is moving ahead. The United States can and must do its part to combat environmental degradation related to global warming.
Over the next month, Congress will decide how to fund the federal government. This process includes support for important domestic and international conservation and clean energy programs in the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs legislation.