ACTION ALERT-Tell Congress to Stand with God’s Creation and Act for Climate Justice

October 28, 2011

ACTION ALERT

  • Make the Call – Tell Congress to Stand with God’s Creation and Act for Climate Justice

BACKGROUND

  • “My dear friends, God’s creation is one and it is good. The concerns for non-violence, sustainable development, justice and peace, and care for our environment are of vital importance for humanity.”
    —Pope Benedict XVI, June 2008

Our concern for God’s creation involves many issues, from violence and conflict to the environment. These issues affect all of the earth, but the people and environments in less industrialized countries have been more significantly impacted. Aiming to reduce the impact of climate change can lessen the harm inflicted upon the world. We can work together to find solutions to these problems and this year’s UN conference on climate change is an important moment for this work.

Activists from across the country are uniting in order to send an unmistakable message to Members of Congress:  When Obama administration officials gather in Durban, South Africa, for this climate summit that begins in November, they must Stand with God’s Creation, across the globe and particularly for areas that have been disproportionately impacted by climate change. President Obama’s administration must go to Durban with an ambitious and honorable position on climate change!

Representatives from the US State Department and US Treasury will represent the US climate position at the Durban climate summit and negotiate with other countries on a set of policies to come out of the summit.  Congress, however, can have a significant role in influencing the State Department and Treasury.

Therefore, before the Durban summit, Representative Payne (D-NJ) and Representative Carnahan (D-MO) are going to send a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to show Congressional support for an ambitious and honorable United States position at Durban climate summit.  Please call your Member of Congress and urge him/her to sign this timely and urgent letter!

ACTION REQUESTED

Making a call is really easy and it only takes a few minutes! When the office receptionist answers the phone, follow the basic call script below. The receptionists’ job is to make sure messages from constituents are relayed to their boss, so make sure you give him/her your name and address so your call can be officially logged into their database.

To find congressional contact information, you can:

  • Call the Capitol switchboard at (202-224-3121) and ask for your member of Congress.
  • If you aren’t sure who your representative is, go to: http://house.gov/htbin/findrep?ZIP=

Here are some tips to keep in mind when making the call:

  • Feel free to share why this issue is important to you.  Of course, you may modify the script as you would like, as it is just a guide to help you.
  • Say thank you! Receptionists often have many duties, but saying thanks is a great way to let them know that the delivery of your message is important to you!

SAMPLE SCRIPT

Hi, my name is _____, and I’m a constituent. I’m calling to ask [Rep.’s name] to sign a letter being circulated by Congressman Payne calling for a just and ambitious US position at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change summit starting in November 2011.

While the impacts of climate change are already affecting people across the United States and the rest of the world, those living in need and impoverishment are especially affected. When US policy makers meet in Africa for the climate summit, they must stand with God’s creation throughout the globe.

Signing the letter being circulated by Congressman Payne is an important first step. Please take my name and address so I can hear back from [Rep.’s name] on whether he/she signs this important and timely letter.

Thank you.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Columban Center for Advocacy & Outreach

Michelle Melcher Knight

Telephone: 301.565.4547

mmknight@columban.org