A Call to the State, the President and to the World for Climate Change Action
Last week, Ann Arbor leaders called for local, state, and national action to address the climate crisis.
Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor announced that he has joined the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA), calling on President Obama to fight for the strongest possible climate agreement at the upcoming 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris. He is the only Michigan mayor to join this national initiative also calling for federal action to establish binding national greenhouse gas emissions reductions and to transition to a clean energy economy.
In addtion, Ann Arbor area religious leaders also called for increased action regarding climate change, echoing Pope Francis’ message in his encyclical on the environment.
“Never have we mistreated and offended our common home as we have in the last two centuries,” Pope Francis wrote in the encyclical published last week. “The warming caused by the enormous consumption of some wealthy nations has repercussions in the poorest places on the planet.”
As Mayor Christopher Taylor joins other mayors across the nation urging the federal government to enact a strong climate agreement, the Ecology Center and other organizations are working to put the Ann Arbor Climate Action plan into reality. In addition, a number of local area congregations have taken steps to become sustainable, making a moral case for climate action at both the local- and state-level.
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, the Ecology Center and many other area groups are stressing the need to support state leaders in enacting new clean energy legislation with strong renewable and efficiency standards, and a strong plan to implement the federal Clean Power Plan. The encyclical is calling people of all faith traditions and “every person living on this planet” to swift action regarding climate action.
Washtenaw County—and the planet—needs all segments of the community working to address climate change—governments, congregations, businesses, environmental groups, and ordinary citizens.