Tell Ford: Stand Strong on the Clean Cars Standards
The Clean Cars Standards, instituted into law in 2012, aims to have new passenger vehicles made in 2025 getting 54.5 miles per gallon with fewer tailpipe emissions. If implemented, these standards will prevent six billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions, save the average American family $8,000 over the lifetime of a vehicle, and improve the lives of 24 million Americans suffering from asthma. However, in 2018, President Trump sided with the automakers who asked for ‘more leniency’ and announced that these standards would be reversed. A new set of standards is expected in March, 2019.
Interfaith Power & Light and a host of faith and social organizations are fighting hard to keep the Clean Cars Standards intact. The head of Ford Motor Company, Bill Ford, has stated his commitment to fighting climate change. We are focusing our energies on Ford Motor in the hopes that they will adhere to their original commitment to keep the Standards intact.
Faith Principles for a Green New Deal – sign on here
The introduction of the Green New Deal resolution in the 116th Congress presents a profound moral opportunity. Collectively, we have the chance to respond to the ecological and economic crises facing our shared home with bold and hopeful action. As people of faith and conscience, we are called to care for this world and its people. Climate change presents a grave danger to our neighbors at home and across the globe, to the ecosystems that sustain life, and to future generations. Hurricanes, droughts, wildfires, and floods are devastating the lives and livelihoods of millions, with the greatest impact felt by those who are least able to adapt. We know that inaction is harmful.
Paris: We’re Still in Petition
Despite the strong support of a majority of Americans and major U.S. corporations, the Trump administration seems to be determined to back out of the Paris climate accord. Official withdrawal by the U.S. would be a stunning, unprecedented blow to a historic global agreement. Having the world’s richest country and second largest polluter renege, just as efforts to combat global warming were getting underway, could undermine the whole deal and the commitment of other nations.
Let’s show the world that no matter what the White House says: we’re still in. We can do our part. We, communities of faith and individuals of conscience, will do our part. We will reduce emissions, move to clean energy where we can, and continue to advocate for a sustainable future.
Sign the Pledge to let your elected officials, the UN, and the world know that you are one of the many people of faith who have taken action to care for the earth. Let them you you are taking the Paris Pledge seriously and expect them to keep America’s promise to the world and keep us in the Paris Agreement.
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Host a Movie Screening with Follow-Up Action Event