IOWANS CALL ON PRESIDENT OBAMA TO CONVENE SUMMIT ON CLIMATE CHANGE
DES MOINES – Faith and environmental leaders in Iowa are calling on President Obama to convene a national summit on climate change in 2013, in a letter signed by ten leaders of organizations released today. They join with other Iowans and Americans across the country who have already called for a national summit on climate change.
“After enduring the heat and drought of 2012, after facing the Iowa floods of recent years, and after witnessing Hurricane Sandy rip through New York City and much of the East Coast, it is evident that climate-related disasters are upon us in the United States and across the world,” the leaders state in their letter. A national climate summit is important for President Obama “to lead our country and the world in the fight against climate change on our behalf.”
Nationally, a “unique bi-partisan coalition” including has asked President Obama to hold a climate summit. The coalition includes governors, mayors, business, farm, insurance, Catholic youth, faith, civil rights, climate justice, former military, and other leaders, as well as top climate scientists. Twelve of those signing the national petition are from Iowa including the Rev. Barbara Schlachter with 100 Grannies for a Livable Future in Iowa City, business owners, and science faculty. For more details, visit www.climatesummit2013.org.
"As people of faith, we are concerned about the impacts climate change has on the most vulnerable in our communities and our world,” said Susan Guy, executive director of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light. “We urge the President to make good on his promise to address this issue."
A full copy of today’s letter and the leaders and their organizations signing the letter is provided below.
President Barack Obama
The White House
Dear President Obama:
In your State of the Union speech, you addressed the reality of climate change and the need for our country to do something about it. We thank you for taking this step and urge you, as our President, to lead our country and the world in the fight against climate change on our behalf. The time is now.
After enduring the heat and drought of 2012, after facing the Iowa floods of recent years, and after witnessing Hurricane Sandy rip through New York City and much of the East Coast, it is evident that climate-related disasters are upon us in the United States and across the world. The environmental, social, and economic ramifications of these disasters are real to all of us, and are directly related to climate change. We must take urgent action to mitigate climate change while we still have the capacity to do so.
We, the undersigned, request that you, as our President, host a national climate summit in 2013 to engage America’s communities in crafting and implementing climate solutions.
2013 is the year for climate action!
State Senator Rob Hogg
Iowa Climate Advocates
The Rev. Susan Guy
Iowa Interfaith Power and Light
1000 Friends of Iowa
Cedar Rapids Climate Advocates
Sister Johanna Rickl
Congregation of the Humility of Mary, Davenport
Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton
Sister Marge Staudt
Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque
Sister Jennifer Rausch
Sisters of the Presentation of Dubuque
Leadership Team, Sisters of the Presentation of Dubuque
Sisters of Charity of Blessed Virgin Mary, Dubuque
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