For Immediate Release
March 15, 2017
Contact: Janine Walsh
FAN Communications Coordinator
(203) 685-1856 (cell)
Franciscans Commend House Republicans on Climate Change Resolution
Faith advocates look forward to building support for more bipartisan cooperation
Washington, DC - A group of House Republicans led by Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-6) introduced a resolution today calling on the House of Representatives to find economically viable solutions to the risks posed by climate change, citing "American ingenuity, innovation, and exceptionalism" as well as the "conservative principle to protect, conserve, and be good stewards of our environment."
The Franciscan Action Network congratulates the 17 Republican legislators who have introduced a resolution that affirms that climate change is real, human-caused, and needs to be addressed by Congress. As part of the Franciscan family we have come together united in our faith and our care for Earth and all Creation. FAN is happy to have joined other religious leaders in signing a letter of support organized by the Friends Committee on National Legislation applauding this resolution. We believe that man-made climate change is the existential threat of our generation. It endangers God's Creation, including all of us, particularly the poor who are the most vulnerable to extreme weather events and food shortages from crop failure. There are no exclusively environmental issues. There are societal issues which impact society and the environment simultaneously.
"We are grateful for the courage these 17 Republican members of Congress have shown, moral fortitude at this point when the Administration is appointing climate deniers onto key positions. We are hopeful that this resolution can lead to a bipartisanship approach to climate crisis solutions," states FAN Executive Director Patrick Carolan. "As the 13th century theologian and Franciscan St. Bonaventure is attributed with saying, how we choose and what we choose makes a difference - first in what we become by our choices and second what the world becomes by our choices. Climate change is not a political issue but rather a moral, spiritual and ethical issue."
FAN looks forward to working with Rep. Elise Stefanik and the other co-sponsors to build support for this climate change resolution in the 115th Congress.
Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus, and the example of Saints Francis and Clare, the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is a collective Franciscan voice seeking to transform United States public policy related to peace making, care for creation, poverty, and human rights. For more information: https://franciscanaction.org/