The speakers in the video, from earlier today in Richmond are, from left to right: Rev. David Bailey, Worship Pastor, Making a Melody and East End Fellowship; Alexei Laushkin, Vice President of the Evangelical Environmental Network; and local Virginia minister Shawn Eubank of Creation Care.
Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney was also in attendance to receive the signed bible and letter from the ministers. It’s great to see religious leaders increasingly stepping up to the challenge of environmental protection at a time when it’s desperately needed, due to mankind’s almost complete failure to be “good stewards” over “creation.” For more, see the Creation Care blog by Alexei Laushkin, Vice President of the Evangelical Environmental Network.
More Than 30 Virginia Pastors Call on Gov. McAuliffe to Protect Health, Grow Economy by Acting on Climate Change
Faith Leaders Call Action on Climate a “Moral Responsibility” – Urge Governor to Implement New Commonsense Limits on Harmful Carbon Pollution
Richmond, VA. – Over 30 Evangelical ministers today called on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration to develop a strong plan to protect Virginia’s health and economy by limiting the harmful carbon pollution that causes climate change.
At a prayer breakfast at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, the ministers urged the Governor to take commonsense measures that reduce pollution and clean up Virginia’s waterways for the sake of future generations. The ministers presented the McAuliffe administration with a signed bible and statement urging the Governor to implement new federal limits on carbon emissions from power plants set forth in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.
“There is no time to delay, as the health and well-being of our children is already being affected,” said Rev. David Bailey, Worship Pastor, Making a Melody and East End Fellowship. “We must come together to protect God’s creation from climate change and its damaging effects on our health and economy. We urge the Governor to step forward and implement the new EPA standards to safeguard our future.”
As faith leaders, the ministers emphasized that they have a moral responsibility to Virginia’s children and future generations to do everything possible to limit carbon pollution and protect the state’s waterways. As pro-life evangelical Christians and people of faith, the protection of children, the unborn, and those yet to be born is at the heart of who they are-and, as such, they believe climate change and clean waterways should be non-partisan issues.
“We are called to be good stewards of God’s world. It’s time we lived up to our obligations for the sake of our children and future generations,” said Rev. Charlotte Keys of Jesus People Against Pollution.