Climate can’t wait. We need action now.

Climate can’t wait. People across the country want bold climate action to protect our common home.

We need bold action that supports families in our communities and addresses core moral concerns. This includes the most significant climate and clean energy investments EVER – that will create jobs and protect clean air and clean water for all.

We have a moral responsibility as a nation, and a sacred task as people of faith, to care for our climate and to leave a safe and thriving world for future generations. That’s why we need to pass the $550 billion in investments that will deliver on climate, justice, jobs, and clean energy.

President Biden must keep his promise to take meaningful action on climate. He must do all he can to pass the $550 billion in investments that will deliver on climate, justice, jobs, and clean energy and protect our health and environment.

Time is running out. We demand climate action. Tell President Biden to continue making climate change a priority.

Sign on to this petition from the Save Our Environment Action Center.

Climate Can’t Wait: Add your name to the petition to Biden

If you are not a faith leader you can add your name to our petition to President Biden calling on him to keep his promise to take meaningful action on climate, justice, and clean energy.

The Build Back Better Act includes the most significant climate and clean energy investments ever- and it will create jobs and protect clean air and clean water for all. We need to pass the most comprehensive version of the Build Back Better Act possible, including the $550 billion in investments that will deliver on climate, justice, jobs, and clean energy.

Our climate, our communities, and our faith compel us to call for bold and just action. We have a moral responsibility as a nation, and a sacred task as people of faith and conscience, to care for our climate and to leave a safe and thriving world for future generations.

Thank you for helping encourage bold climate action for our neighbors and our common home.

Faith Leader Letter to Biden, Schumer, and the Senate

Climate cannot wait. Lives are at stake and your voice matters. Every day of inaction costs us dearly. Many of our communities have experienced the severe impacts of climate change: wildfires, superstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and increasingly intense weather phenomena that cause damage, injury, and loss of life. We are running out of time to avoid even more serious consequences. 

SIGN and help circulate this faith leader letter to President Biden, Leader Schumer, and the full Senate calling for action on Build Back Better. We are asking for leaders of faith-based organizations and denominations to sign on by February 11th and will deliver it to the White House and Senate on Valentine’s Day.

Build Back Fossil Free, 2022 Letter to President Biden

Dear President Biden,

As organizations collectively representing millions of members and supporters, including Indigenous, Black, Brown, and frontline communities, we urge you to use your executive authority to speed the end of the fossil fuel era, protect our communities from the climate emergency, and address the severe harms caused by fossil fuels.

Your first year in office was marked by historic climate disasters, another alarming surge in domestic greenhouse gas emissions, and increasingly dire warnings from the leading scientists around the world. From hurricanes and floods, to wildfires and droughts, tens of millions of Americans are directly confronting the dangerous consequences of a warming world. Indigenous, Black, Brown, AAPI and working-class communities are disproportionately harmed not only by fossil-fueled extreme weather, but also targeted by oil, gas, and coal corporations and suffer the health impacts of toxic pollution and ongoing environmental injustices.

You have repeatedly identified the existential threat posed by climate change, calling it a “code red” for humanity, and stated in your first week in office, “In my view, we’ve already waited too long to deal with this climate crisis. We can’t wait any longer.”

You further promised “environmental justice will be at the center of all we do addressing the disproportionate health and environmental and economic impacts on communities of color — so-called ‘fenceline communities’.” And you elevated the respect of Indigenous sovereignty and ordered federal agencies to strengthen nation-to-nation relationships with Tribes.

These statements must be backed up by bolder action. You have the authority under existing law to wind down fossil fuel production and catalyze a just, renewable energy revolution to deliver healthier communities, a livable future, and millions of good-paying jobs. It’s critical that you use that authority as quickly and broadly as possible.

Together, we call on you to take these steps:
— Follow through on your promise to ban all new oil and gas leasing, drilling, and fracking on federal lands and waters.
— Direct federal agencies to stop approving fossil fuel projects, including pipelines, import and export terminals, storage facilities, refineries, and petrochemical plants. Direct the Department of Energy to halt gas exports to the full extent authorized by law.
— Declare a climate emergency under the National Emergencies Act , unlocking special powers to reinstate the crude oil export ban, redirect disaster relief funds toward distributed renewable energy construction in frontline communities and marshal companies to fast-track renewable transportation and clean power generation, creating millions of high-quality union jobs.

The U.S. must contribute its fair share to the global effort to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with what science, justice, and equity demand. Your administration’s legislative and regulatory climate proposals have not addressed limiting the production and burning of fossil fuels, the main driver of climate change. As fossil fuel lobbyists and politicians continue to block real climate action in Congress, bold executive action is desperately needed.

President Biden, you are the chief executive with immense powers to address our communities’ concerns.

You showed what serious climate leadership could look like in your first week in office when you canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and paused oil and gas leasing on federal lands. The urgency of the moment requires you to return to that original ambition. Fully deliver on your climate and environmental justice promises by using your executive authority to keep fossil fuels in the ground and build a resilient and affordable renewable energy system.

Emergency Petition to Biden’s Interior Dept: Stop Permitting Gulf Drilling

Please join us in petitioning the Secretary of the Department of the Interior to immediately stop approving new drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico unless and until the agency complies with NEPA and properly analyzes the climate impacts of approving new oil and gas drilling activity.

Read see the summary below and the full petition here: https://bit.ly/GulfPetition

**DEADLINE FOR JOINING: February 4th, 2022.**

Original signers include the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, Healthy Gulf, Sierra Club, Indigenous Environmental Network, Port Arthur Community Action Network, and Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe Nation of Texas.

Thank you for your consideration. Please contact Molly Morabito (MMorabito@biologicaldiversity.org) at the Center for Biological Diversity with any questions.

SUMMARY

President Biden has acknowledged that we are facing a “profound climate crisis.” Yet rather than taking the bold action necessary to address the climate emergency, the Biden administration held the largest oil and gas lease sale in U.S. history this past November — offering up more than 80 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to the oil industry.

This decision was not only a spectacular failure of climate leadership, it was also unlawful. On January 27th, a federal court invalidated the Department of the Interior’s decision to hold the lease sale (Lease Sale 257) because it failed to properly consider the climate impacts that would result from expanded oil and gas activity in any of its environmental analyses for the sale.

That same violation applies to all new oil and gas activity that the Interior has approved, and is approving, in the Gulf. The Interior Department has been using the same analyses that the federal court found unlawful to approve exploration plans, development plans, and drilling permits on nearly 11 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico already leased to oil companies.

The Interior’s failure to assess the climate impacts of drilling activity puts our climate, wildlife, and frontline communities at even greater risk from the numerous harms inherent in offshore oil and gas activity.

Please join us in petitioning the Secretary of the Department of the Interior to immediately stop approving new drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico unless and until the agency complies with NEPA and properly analyzes the climate impacts of approving new oil and gas drilling activity.

No More Tax Breaks for Fossil Fuels with PA IPL & JEA

Part of PA IPL’s Ongoing Partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance

Jewish Earth Alliance and PA Interfaith Power & Light are co-sponsoring this informational and motivational meeting on Sunday, September 19 at 7:00pm.

TOPIC: No More Tax Breaks for Fossil Fuels

SPEAKER: Rob Altenburg, Senior Director for Energy & Climate for PennFuture

We will be discussing the report Rob and PennFuture wrote about subsidies for fossil fuels. Register here for this event.

Recognizing that the time is now to pass far reaching climate actions by the federal government, the Jewish Earth Alliance and Pennsylvania IPL formed a coalition to advocate for climate actions with our federal elected officials. Each month we hold an informational session where we discuss a specific topic relating to environmental sustainability/environmental justice and then help people to write letters to their senators and representative on this topic. The Jewish Earth Alliance provides the topic, background information, and template letter to customize.

REGISTER HERE for Sunday, September 19th.