Climate change isn’t a debatable issue in 95 percent of the scientific community. But, it is a moral issue. The earth and its diversity is a miracle; stewardship of its wonders is a divine calling. Many faith traditions have urged their believers to put their faith into action on behalf of our shared home.
Now that we know human action impacts the climate, it is nothing short of sacrilege to ignore the consequences. Violent weather patterns are playing havoc with our capacity to deal with the resulting human suffering, destruction of infrastructure and loss of indigenous culture and homelands. Droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes, wild fires, sea level rise — all disproportionately impact those living at the margins. Species are becoming extinct in frightening numbers. The impact on the food chain may add famine to the impact of climate change in the not too distant future.
Initiative 732 offers a means of putting our faith into action. It works in British Columbia; it’s the only plan that’s been discussed in Washington that gives money back to voters through a reduction in sales tax, and other tax relief. What you hear about loss of state income is a smoke screen. Forecasts by independent economic analysts project a nearly revenue neutral impact on the state budget.
I’ve been standing outside over the last year gathering signatures and handing out voter information, simply because I am called by my faith. Interfaith Works has urged those in the faith community to support I-732.