Dear Senator [YOUR SENATOR’S LAST NAME],
I am writing today as a person of faith to thank you for being a leader on climate change with your support of S.1743, The International Climate Accountability Act. I am grateful that you recognize the importance of taking strong action to limit the warming of the climate and to protect the most vulnerable.
My faith has taught me, that at a time when our nation and the world are feeling the effects of increasing floods, wildfires and other extreme weather events, we urgently need global climate action that will protect humanity, particularly the most vulnerable, and our common home by leading us toward a sustainable, clean energy future.
As a member of the Ignatian family, I have been inspired by Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si’, written in advance of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference. In it, he drew special attention to the importance of international negotiations and global climate action for the common good. He wrote, “Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility, above all on the part of those countries which are most powerful and pollute the most.” (Laudato Si‘, n.169)
Moving forward, I ask that you reach out to colleagues on both sides of the aisle to stress the importance of the United States meeting standards to limit warming to 1.5C.
Again, thank you for your support of S. 1743 and for your work to make sure this important piece of legislation is passed.