Coalition Urges Action on Climate Change

A coalition of community leaders has urged U.S. politicians to slow its contribution toward global warming.

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-06-27 [] A three-day ‘Citizens Summit on Climate Change’ in Washington was attended by 40 business executives, religious leaders, economists and scientists from 12 states. They represent 100 million Americans and $300 billion in corporate revenues. Members of the sponsoring organizations include faith groups such as the United States Catholic Conference and the National Council of Churches of Christ, and businesses such as Enron, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Maytag and York International, as well as scientists conducting research on climate change. “We come from different backgrounds and perspectives, but we all agree that global warming is one of the century’s most pressing environmental, economic, and ethical concerns,” explains Howard Ris of the Union of Concerned Scientists. “All segments of society have a responsibility to act, and our government, including both the Congress and the Bush administration, should lead the way.” “To be faithful stewards of the earth, we must curb global warming,” explains Paul Gorman of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment. “The United States is disproportionately responsible for the global warming problem. As a result, our nation has a moral obligation to lead the response.” Twelve petitions signed by 800 scientists were delivered to Capitol Hill which demand stronger congressional leadership and policies to stem global warming. The scientists agree that an unprecedented consensus exists among the world’s climate change community that global warming is underway and that its effects will become increasingly obvious. The scientists explain that enough is known about global warming to warrant bold action to prevent the worst consequences of a warming climate. The signers are all graduate or Ph.D. scientists in work related to climate issues. “Businesses across the country have demonstrated that reducing carbon emissions will not threaten economic growth,” says Michael Marvin, president of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. “In fact, clean energy technologies could substantially slow climate change while cleaning the air and creating more jobs.” The event was organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Environmental Law & Policy Center, Midwest Global Warming Leadership Council, and the National Religious Partnership for the Environment.
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