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April 7, 2017

Disciples Leaders Concerned About Anti-Environment Executive Order

Disciples General Minister and President Sharon Watkins and Green Chalice Director Carol Devine spoke out against an executive order by Donald Trump that threatens both public health and the protection of God's creation.

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Press Statement

March 31, 2017 (Indianapolis, IN) - Climate Protection Rollbacks Threaten God’s Creation and the Most Vulnerable Among Us

On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review and possibly repeal the Clean Power Plan and carbon pollution standards for new power plants. The executive order takes aim at several important climate change protections intended to safeguard God’s creation and public health.

Rev. Carol Devine said of the executive order, “As Disciples, we are committed to bringing wholeness to a broken world. This recent action by the Trump Administration will do the opposite. Failure to care for our climate harms the most vulnerable among us --- children, older adults, people who don’t have the luxury of being able to move away from pollution, and those suffering from respiratory and other illnesses. I call upon the Administration to re-examine its actions under this executive order and to remain true to its stated commitment of protecting clean air.”

Carbon dioxide emissions from power plants account for 40% of the carbon pollution in the United States. Christian communities are on the front lines of facing their impacts. Some Disciples congregations and ministries are located near power plants, and those communities face higher asthma and cancer rates. Disaster relief ministries are also facing challenges of rising floodwaters, severe droughts, more wildfires, and harsher storms. We have a moral obligation to implement measures and care for communities that are most impacted by harmful carbon dioxide emissions.

Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins spoke of this moment with urgency: “Rolling back these vital protections for God’s creation and vulnerable communities without any new plan is irresponsible. As a nation, this is our chance to rise to the challenge and protect the gifts of God’s creation for our children and grandchildren. The challenge is truly immense, but so is our faith in humanity’s God-given capacity to innovate and organize for a better future.”

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