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A Moral Call to Action on the Climate Crisis: An Interfaith Mass Meeting
March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
GIPL is a proud partner of the Climate Reality Project’s A Moral Call to Action on the Climate Crisis, an interfaith mass meeting on Thursday, March 14 at 7:00pm. The event will take place at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and is open to the public. GIPL’s Executive Director Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley will join with former Vice President Al Gore, Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, and Reverend Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, Rabbi Lydia Medwin and Imam Arshad Anwar to lead this special gathering!
Led by these inspiring voices, the event will explore how diverse faith traditions and our shared sense of humanity call on us to confront the climate crisis while we have time. The evening will bear witness to the injustice this crisis brings, hitting low-income families and communities of color hardest of all, and share powerful stories from those most deeply affected.
“Too often, the climate crisis inflicts deep and disproportionate burdens on those least responsible for causing it,” said Al Gore. “We will succeed in climate action when we prioritize inclusivity. Climate solutions must be fair and equitable for all people. I am looking forward to joining inspiring community organizers and environmental justice leaders to explore these issues and to forge new partnerships to lessen climate impacts on frontline communities. And by implementing solutions, we can create jobs and improve lives for everyone.”
A Moral Call to Action on the Climate Crisis also marks the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Committee’s creation of the original Poor People’s Campaign. Fifty-one years ago, a diverse group of allies gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for a mass meeting to plan a sustained effort to end poverty and economic inequality in the United States. Today, the Poor People’s Campaign – led by Bishop William J. Barber, II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis – carries that mantle, fighting the continued injustices of poverty, racism, militarism, and ecological devastation. Social justice leader Rev. Dr. Warnock leads Ebenezer Baptist Church today, the congregation that was once Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s spiritual home.
These leaders recognize that the climate crisis is not only a political failing, but also a moral outrage. The climate crisis is inherently unjust, as those least responsible are often the most vulnerable to its impacts. Poor and historically marginalized groups around the world continue to experience the worst effects of the climate crisis, paying the costs in their homes, health, livelihoods, and even lives. Many low-income families and communities of color across the Southeastern United States also face contaminated air and water due to the very fossil fuels driving this crisis.