In November 2014, President Obama pledged to give $3 billion to the international Green Climate Fund. The Fund is a centerpiece of new global climate finance initiative designed to help poor countries both mitigate the causes of and adapt to the reality of climate disruption. The fund includes money from both the public and private sectors. The pledge demonstrates a strong commitment to international climate justice and to ensuring that the United States is a leader in the global movement towards adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.
The onus is now on the new Congress to appropriate contributions to meet President Obama’s pledge for the Green Climate Fund. So far, the United States has contributed $1 billion to the fund through two separate installments of $500 million.
Ask your Senators and Representative to support a budget that appropriates money to the Green Climate Fund to meet our pledge of $3 billion for the Green Climate Fund and help the poorest populations globally adapt to climate change and mitigate further climate disruption.
As Reform Jews, we are called to be good stewards of our planet and its natural resources, and to protect and lift up the poorest among us at home and around the world. In Biblical commentary, God implores, “Do not destroy my world, for if you do, there will be nobody after you to make it right again;” and in Deuteronomy 15 we are taught that “if there is a needy person among you…you must open your hand and lend whatever is sufficient.”