Letters to the Editor

All must act now to support climate action

Because of spiritual traditions, many faith communities are calling for dramatic climate action. They include Native Americans, Catholics in line with Pope Francis, Jews, Episcopalians, Methodists, Lutherans, Disciples of Christ, Presbyterians, Church of Christ, Muslims, Unitarian Universalist, Quakers, Buddhists and Brethren.

Climate is one of most critical moral issues facing us today. Last month President Obama put forward a clean energy plan that is a good start, but it is only a start and science tells us much deeper cuts in fossil fuel use are needed. This Sept. 24, some people of faith will be present with others outside Congressman Heck’s office in Lacey City Hall for that Thursday Lunch hour to promote climate actions. All are welcome to take part. It is the same day Pope Francis will address Congress on urgency of Climate Action.

This fall will be a very critical time for climate action as signatures are being gathered for an initiative to the legislature, I-732, for a carbon tax that cuts other taxes and in November people will vote on park funding that could save LBA Woods, another climate protection measure. Also city council and port elections will make a difference on whether their decisions benefit rather than hurt the climate.

December may be the last opportunity for meaningful international agreements to reduce climate impacts with the international Climate Meet in Paris. Time is fast running out and the moral cry for immediate action begun.