Interfaith leaders gather in Washington, DC to send a message to elected officials that responding to climate change is a moral imperative.
Interfaith Moral Action on Climate (IMAC) is a national coalition of faith and spiritual organizations that are calling for unified action to address climate change. IMAC's message is that climate change, with its disproportionate impacts on those who contribute the least to the problem, is an ethical issue and that the US government is under a moral imperative to respond. IMAC contends that an interfaith voice on the morality of climate action and the responsibility we have to be stewards of the earth, can mobilize change where scientific and economic arguments have failed. The coalition wants the public and decision makers to understand the significant threat that climate change poses to human life "and what we variously call God's Creation, Mother Earth, or simply, Earth, our one and only home."
During Earth Week 2012, IMAC organized a number of actions in Washington, DC, including a sunrise vigil at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, an interfaith service featuring prominent climate and religious leaders, and a procession to the US Capitol. IMAC members also visited congressional offices to convey the faith community's views on the moral obligation to address climate change. The coalition recently released a "report card" that grades members of Congress on their commitment to addressing climate change, including their acknowledgement of climate change as human-caused and a serious problem, their communication about the issue, and voting record. Additionally, the National Climate Ethics Campaign, a member of IMAC, released a handbook for community and organizational activists that includes a 10-step process for launching a climate ethics campaign.
Listen to the ABC News Radio story about Interfaith Moral Action on Climate events during Earth Week.