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Tell Congress You Support the Green Climate Fund for Vulnerable Populations!

Green Climate FundThe Green Climate Fund (GCF) is intended to help developing and vulnerable countries address the challenges and negative impacts of climate change like flooding, sea level rise, drought, and decreased crop production.

More than 30 countries have pledged $10.2 billion to get the fund up and running. In his current budget proposal, President Obama has requested $750 million for the GCF, an increase from his 2016 budget request of $500. To maintain U.S. leadership in addressing the global climate challenge, Congress must approve this request.

Tell your Senators: $750 million for the Green Climate Fund is essential to combating global climate change.


Background info:

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.

Last year the President requested $500 million for the Green Climate Fund, and despite efforts in both the House and the Senate to block funding, the final budget allowed the State Department to fulfill its first pledge to the fund. This year to show continued commitment to the Green Climate Fund, President Obama requested  $750 million for the fund. Jewish engagement on this issue is more important now than ever to ensure this pledge is fulfilled.

Jewish values and the Green Climate Fund:

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 15:17 we are taught that “if there is a needy person among you…you must open your hand and lend whatever is sufficient.” 

More information:

For more on this issue, visit the RAC’s Environmental issue page or Climate Change issue page, or check out the RACBlog. You can also contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Rachel Landman at (202) 387-2800.