The National Climate Summit 2013 Coalition released a petition calling on both Presidential candidates to address rapidly accelerating climate change, reports Elizabeth Woodiwiss at Climate Progress. The statement, signed by over 1300 faith leaders, elected officials, civil rights groups, environmental activists, business representatives, and others, calls on the candidates to “act in the best interests of this and all future generations of American’s now by publicly acknowledging the climate emergency”; and committing to host a climate summit to craft actions for national solutions within their first 100 days in office. Faith groups across the political spectrum have grown bolder in taking their demands for specific action on energy and climate change to political leaders. Last April, the Interfaith Moral Action on Climate released a Congressional report card, detailing each member’s record on climate change and clean energy standards. The overall grade? A miserable F. “The US Congress has failed to meaningfully address the rapidly deepening crisis,” said the group. “This is a moral and ethical failure of the highest order.” The message is clear: faith groups are increasingly willing to put their vote on the line for climate action.
Despite Little Mention Of Climate Change From Candidates, Faith Groups Pledge To Make It An Election Issue http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/09/21/888691/despite-little-talk-from-candidates-on-climate-change-faith-groups-pledge-to-make-it-an-election-issue/