CWS advocates for social justice at Copenhagen summit

As the Countdown to Copenhagen neared an end, Church World Service Executive Director the Rev. John L. McCullough took the voice of the faith community and CWS advocacy to the Danish capital where world leaders are meeting to discuss climate change.

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A boy herds cattle to a stream in East Africa.   With climate change and desertification, increasing numbers of people here and in many parts of the world are struggling to find the water they need for daily life.  CWS is helping communities to develop safe and sustainable water sources.
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Church World Service Executive Director the Rev. John L. McCullough has taken the voice of the faith community and CWS advocacy to the Danish capital where world leaders are meeting to discuss climate change.

The objective of the December 7-18 United Nations-sponsored summit is for the nations of the world to agree to a plan to control climate change over the coming years. 

The objective for CWS is to urge leaders of the more affluent nations to listen to the voices of leaders of the poorer nations whose people already are suffering from the ill effects of climate change. 

It is more than an environmental issue.  Climate change also is an issue of social justice. 

In response to that simple truth, CWS is urging President Barack Obama to commit to sharp cuts in the amount of harmful carbon emissions poured into the atmosphere by the United States, to commit to adequate financial assistance to help poor nations make the changes necessary to adapt to global warming, and to commit to explicit human rights protections.

The devastation caused by harmful carbon emissions from industry, vehicles and the comfortable lifestyles of people in wealthy nations include increasingly severe floods and droughts, ruined crops, hunger, malnutrition, death and deepening poverty.

CWS efforts to rally people of conscience to action around climate change is getting a boost from the hundreds of thousands of people who responded to CWS Speak Out alerts by sending messages and postcards saying as much to the President and their lawmakers in Washington.

Calling global warming, "another layer of misery for poor people," McCullough emphasizes urgency of the matter. 

"Regardless of the outcomes and agreements at Copenhagen, from the standpoint of human justice alone, adaptation initiatives must be agreed to and adequately funded now -- not later -- for people who are already living in intolerable conditions made even worse by environmental degradation caused by wealthy countries."

You can help by signing up to receive CWS Speak Out email alerts and making your views known to your lawmakers in Washington.

Media Contact:
Lesley Crosson, 212-870-2676, lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526, jdragin@gis.net


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