Written on: March 24, 2015
This week both Houses of Congress are working on their version of the Federal budget. This means that advocates for social justice are busy trying to ward off the ever present threat of budget increases in the name of national security at the expense of human resources and services. We need to make our voices heard – our security and well-being requires much more that military action. Well-being must include good education, sufficient good jobs, nutrition, health care, affordable housing and all those services that provide economic security.
Please note that these letters, already signed by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, are to be signed by organizations, not by individuals. However, knowing what these letters stand for will be good background information as we send you other action alerts.
USAction is distributing a letter to Congress to oppose any increases in Pentagon spending at the expense of our domestic program. This came through the Coalition on Human Needs since it supports their goals also. Letter to Congress Green Climate Fund letter
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LWCR) has circulated a letter from the faith community calling for congressional support for the US pledge to the Green Climate Fund This fund is a critical part of addressing the needs of persons who are poor and vulnerable who will be (and are) most impacted by climate change.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was adopted as a financial mechanism of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the end of 2011. It aims to make an ambitious contribution to attaining the mitigation (reduction of greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation (coping) goals of the international community in its attempt to respond to the effects of climate change. Over time it is expected to become the main multilateral financing mechanism to support climate action in developing countries. Read more about the GCF here.
On Mar. 6, 2015 the Vatican Radio reported that “The Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the U.N. in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, says no one is exempt from the impact of climate change and we all have a moral duty to address this global concern. Archbishop Tomasi’s comments came during an address to the U.N. on the issue of human rights and climate change”.