On April 26, 2017, President Trump ordered Secretary Zinke and the Department of Interior to review National Monuments on Public Lands claiming there should be more public input on monument designations. The majority of Americans want to leave land and parks alone. This year, over 225,000 people called on Congress to protect public lands, and 2.4 million comments were submitted in defense of these places, including over 15,000 from pro-life Christians. America wants to preserve public lands and maintain the status quo.
A Statement by Rev. Mitch Hescox, President/C.E.O. Regarding S. 1624 Protect Children, Farmers and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act of 2017
Our kids should be able to eat safe foods, yet they are continually threatened by chemicals like chlorpyrifos, a pesticide with a long history of poisoning our children. It’s home use was restricted in 2011 and it was scheduled to be completely banned on March 31, 2017 until EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt suddenly decided it was safe. Now instead of waiting for Mr. Pruitt’s five year stay of the ban, a group of eight Senators led by New Mexico’s Tom Udall is taking a stand to defend our kids with the introduction of S.1624 ‐Protect Children, Farmers and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act of 2017. We applaud their efforts and pledge our support.
A strong United Methodist advocate for sound environmental policy and practice is becoming the manager of creation care ministries for the denomination’s worldwide mission agency, the General Board of Global Ministries.
The Rev. Jenny Phillips has been minister for environmental stewardship and advocacy of the Pacific Northwest Annual (regional) Conference for three and a half years and has been involved in creation care for a decade. The conference program in large part equips local churches to understand and take part in advocacy and action related to climate change, control of carbon emissions, and other dangers of fossil fuels.
Nature abhors a vacuum. With the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate accord, there is a void in global leadership on climate change that others are willing and able to fill it. Countries like China, Germany and France are stepping up. In the U.S., states, cities, universities, corporations, and even churches are voluntarily reducing greenhouse emissions in the spirit of the Paris climate accord.
Climate justice must be prioritized, say ACT Alliance, the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches
The ACT Alliance, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the World Council of Churches (WCC), call for a prioritization of climate justice as US President Donald Trump issues executive order withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate Agreement. They express deep dismay at this development, which goes against global commitments to address climate change.
United Methodist Women strongly opposes the decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the organization’s CEO Harriett Jane Olson said.
“President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord removes us from the global coalition that has the potential to make significant changes necessary to address the threat of climate change,” Ms. Olson said. “Now it is all the more urgent for us to work in our communities and in the corporate sector to make the needed changes.”