As people of faith, we affirm our call to advocate for responsible stewardship of God’s creation. Click to expand each section below and learn more about advocacy opportunities through GIPL.
Senator Johnny Isakson
One Overton Park
3625 Cumberland Blvd, Suite 970
Atlanta, GA 30339
Senator David Perdue
191 Peachtree St NE, Suite 3250
Atlanta, GA 30303
“GIPL joins Partners across Georgia in urging 15 percent solar by 2030”
We need more and better pro-solar policies, not fewer.
That’s why we’re urging Gov. Nathan Deal to make commitments that will help put Georgia on the road to 100% clean energy, with 15 percent solar by 2030.
Achieving this state goal would help move our country closer to the national goal of getting 10 percent solar by 2030. This would produce immediate and long-lasting benefits for our environment, including removing 280 million metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere by 2030—the equivalent of taking 59 million cars off the road.
- Solar power has tripled in the U.S. in the last two years, with another American family or business going solar every four minutes.
- More than half a millions homes and businesses have installed solar, but Americans still get less than 1% of our power from the sun.
- Solar’s rapid growth has some dirty energy companies alarmed. Now they’re putting up new roadblocks to solar at every turn, even if it means more pollution and global warming.
From the low-lying Maldives to famine-stricken East Africa, the world’s poor are bearing the brunt of climate impacts.
As Americans, and as people of faith, we are obliged to advocate for those whose lives and livelihoods are threatened, and who cannot advocate for themselves.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was conceived in 2009 to help poor and vulnerable countries adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change and build more resilient societies. The President has pledged $3 billion from the U.S., and requested the first installment of $500 million in this year’s budget. To maintain U.S. leadership in addressing the global climate challenge, Congress must approve this request. People of faith can respond in support of this favorable action that supports the most vulnerable around the globe.
In 2009, EPA determined that greenhouse gas pollution threatens Americans’ health and welfare by leading to long lasting changes in our climate that can have a range of negative effects on human health and the environment. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary greenhouse gas pollutant, accounting for nearly three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions and 84% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
The electric power sector accounted for 33% of U.S. total greenhouse gas emissions and 60% of U.S. stationary source greenhouse gas emissions in 2011.
Fossil fuel-fired power plants are the largest source of U.S. CO2 emissions. Fossil fuel-fired power plants use natural gas, petroleum, coal or any form of solid, liquid, or gaseous fuel derived from such material for the purpose of generating electricity.
Health effects of carbon pollution
Unchecked carbon pollution leads to long-lasting changes in our climate, such as:
• Rising global temperatures
• Rising sea level
• Changes in weather and precipitation patterns
• Changes in ecosystems, habitats and species diversity
These changes threaten America’s health and welfare for current and future generations.
Public health risks include:
• More heat waves and drought
• Worsening smog (also called ground-level ozone pollution)
• Increasing the intensity of extreme events, like hurricanes, extreme precipitation and flooding
• Increasing the range of ticks and mosquitoes, which can spread disease such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus
Our most vulnerable citizens, including children, older adults, people with heart or lung disease and people living in poverty may be most at risk from the health impacts of climate change.
GIPL supporters and the GIPL staff were able to testify at one of the EPA’s 11 Listening Sessions in support of the new carbon reduction standards for existing power plants. You can read all about these new standards, carbon pollution from power plants, health affects of carbon pollution, and much more on the EPA Website.
Here are excerpts from the testimonies from GIPL friends and supporters:
“We need enforceable carbon reduction standards so that we can make real progress towards stemming the tide of climate change for the sake of our health and generations to come. We can also be a beacon of hope for the world and show that the U.S is serious about reducing our carbon pollution by committing real resources to this issue, and no longer just talking about it.” –GIPL Executive Director Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley
“I pray for strength and wisdom for you at EPA as you work on these new standards and I humbly remind you that it is our moral responsibility to seek justice for our neighbors—whether across the globe or down the street—and that starts with aggressive and enforceable carbon reduction standards for new and existing power plants.” –Former GIPL Intern Elizabeth McCreless
“Climate change is real—flooding, droughts, fires, extreme weather. We are working with foundations, NOAA, AMS among others to make cities more resilient to the effects of climate change. We must deal with root causes to mitigate climate change. Therefore we must reduce emissions from power plants.” –GIPL Board Member Garry Harris
“As a Christian, I believe we are to care for Creation, not abuse it. As a long-term resident of Atlanta, I have experienced the many years of drought we have had, as well as the excessive rain this summer. I know that climate volatility is one of the products of climate change. I urge the EPA to follow through with its plan to limit carbon pollution by existing power plants.” –GIPL Friend Sue Sherril
“We have gotten to a time when we are beyond rhetoric and we need to make carbon reduction a reality and one of the ways we are going to make that a reality is with aggressive and enforceable carbon reduction standards for existing power plants. I pray for the EPA every single day and I will continue to do so as you come up with these new standards. It is our moral responsibility as interconnected humans on this planet to seek justice for our brothers and sisters across the globe and our brothers and sisters that live down the street and that starts with aggressive and enforceable carbon reduction standards for new and existing power plants.” –Former Executive Director Alexis Chase
PROPOSED SABAL TRAIL RAISES ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, HEALTH CONCERNS
CONGRESSMAN BISHOP AND GEORGIA HOUSE DEMOCRATS DEMAND ALTERNATIVES
ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) spearheaded a letter with Congressmen John Lewis (GA-05), Henry ‘Hank’ Johnson Jr. (GA-04), and David Scott (GA-13) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) raising concerns regarding Sabal Trail’s application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct a 516-mile-long, 36-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. The letter especially cites the proposed location of the pipeline and an accompanying compressor station in Albany, Georgia, which is located inDougherty County. The proposed location raises serious environmental justice issues that have not been fully addressed by FERC in its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the project.
Congressman Bishop, as well as Representatives Lewis, Scott, and Johnson, are members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which has highlighted issues of environmental justice. The Environmental Protection Agency defines environmental justice as, “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” Among the CBC’s initiatives on this issue are health disparities and the environment, the impact of Hurricane Katrina on minority communities, and opposing the location of a dangerous plastics plant in a poor, black community in Louisiana.
To view the entire U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public notice regarding the Sabal Pipeline project, please click here. To view the joint public notice of extension, please click here. To read the FERC Environmental Impact Statement, please click here.