Many faith communities, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have submitted letters, comments, and suggestions for the implementation of the Clean Power Plan, introduced on June 2nd of this year. The volume of speakers at the hearings as well as comments submitted to the EPA have already soared to the hundreds of thousands, and more are expected before the deadline on October 16, 2014.
On Tuesday, July 29th, in commemoration of the public hearing in Washington, DC, the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach joined the interfaith community, who gathered outside of the EPA, to bless the Clean Power Plan. Varying individuals and faith groups have come together in an effort to push for regulations that will serve as an important first step in the long-term plan to protect God’s Creation by curbing carbon pollution emitted by power plants.
We have seen marginalized and poor communities throughout the U.S. specifically suffer from the effects of pollution, as these areas are often where power plants exist, or where toxic waste is dumped and forgotten. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan will hopefully implement some of the strategies called on by faith communities to focus on these very communities that are most affected by waste and pollution.
You too can take an active role in making your voice heard on this vital plan. The Catholic Climate Covenant has made it simple by creating an online form for you to submit your comments to EPA Administrator McCarthy. You can either send in the sample letter, or edit it to make it your own. The EPA must take into consideration all comments that are submitted. As a person of faith, let them know that you support curbing carbon pollution in order to protect God’s Creation.