• Sojourners For Truth & Justice


Updated: Jul 20, 2020

Our home, planet Earth, is in grave danger. If the destruction of the environment is allowed to continue, it will result in worse droughts, fires, floods, earthquakes and tornadoes in expected parts of the world as well as in places that have yet to experience such disasters. Wars will be fought over water, food and arable land. The world will see large migrations of climate refugees, along with political refugees, forced to find refuge from their ravaged lands. The world will continue to see, at an accelerated rate, the loss of animal species. Scientists estimate our planet has lost over 500 animal species since the beginning of the 20th century. Our ecosystem connects everything and we are on a deadly path to its destruction: the extinction of creatures and plants alike.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations, global temperatures will reach an irreversible tipping point by 2030 unless the world takes dramatic actions to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. Even if we stopped emitting greenhouse gasses today, global warming will continue for decades, if not centuries. This means quickly putting an end to the use of fossil fuels, fracking, offshore drilling, natural gas pipelines, uranium mines, etc. Nuclear power must be halted.

This also means not only the immediate cessation of the deforestation of the Amazon, African forests and other areas, but also their reforestation as well. Because so many of our troops are deployed to protect our oil interests, terminating our dependence on fossil fuels can reduce our military budget by 50%. Healthcare costs will also be reduced with the reduction in fossil fuel-related pulmonary diseases such as asthma and COPD.

Our energy system must be transformed into 100% renewable energy. Technology exists to achieve 100% clean energy by 2030. Commitment must be made by industry and government to make this a reality. The Green New Deal maps ways to create “a new, sustainable economy that is environmentally sound, economically viable and socially responsible.” We must rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and work with partnering countries and the rest of the world to successfully respond to global warming.

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