On Friday, the EPA held a “listening session” in Philadelphia, allowing a 3-minute statement about the proposal to create standards for existing power plants to limit carbon pollution by anyone who registered . These sessions were scheduled in 11 cities across the US.
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Here is the statement by the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman, a member of PA IPL charter member congregation Chestnut Hill United Church:
My name is Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman, and I am an ordained United Methodist minister. I am also a professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. I speak today on behalf of Chestnut Hill United Church in Philadelphia, where my family attends and are members.
Our church has been working to address environmental injustice for over twenty years. We are extremely concerned about what climate change is already doing to God’s Earth and God’s people. And as a mother of a 14-year-old boy, the distress I feel for the future, due to climate disruptions, is highly personal.
Chestnut Hill United Church fully supports the EPA proposing a strong standard to limit global warming pollution from existing power plants. It’s past time for these power plants to control the pollution they belch into the environment.
We recognize that climate change will hurt first and worst those who are least able to get out of its way: the poor, the sick, the old, and the very young. Christians are called to give special protection to these constituencies. Perhaps on the margins of society, they are at the very heart of God’s love.
My spouse and I were so proud of our son when he and the rest of the youth group from our church went to Washington, DC, in February to stand with 35,000 others protesting this country’s slow response to climate change. Chestnut Hill United Church is delighted that President Obama heard this call to action and is now moving forward.
We urge the EPA to consider all those at risk here in Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania, and around the world when you set the standards for states to reduce carbon pollution associated with fossil-fuel fired power plants. The standards should set aggressive goals of reducing carbon pollution as quickly as possible, penalizing the polluters for their short-sighted concerns about their own bottom lines, and rewarding those companies who are building a clean energy future, more aligned with the Christian — and American — vision of justice for all.
PA IPL leaders were not the only faith voices of the day. Another faith-and-climate leader, Rev. Mitch Hescox of Evangelical Environmental Network was the first speaker, and John Elwood, a board member at EEN, spoke later in the day.
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