The gravity of climate change requires us to act with urgency.

From rising sea levels and severe weather events to shifting agricultural seasons and increased exposure to disease, the world is feeling the impacts of climate change. Its worst consequences fall increasingly on vulnerable communities, those who have contributed the least to climate change but yet suffer the most. This is a human-made problem that cries out for a human solution in the form of fully engaged leaders, advocates and citizens working together to save our planet from devastation of climate change.

In countries where CWS works, changing weather patterns, increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, unpredictability of once-stable cultivating and harvesting patterns, damage to ecosystems and decreasing supplies of water have altered the environment in which families live and work.

Challenges have escalated, and hard-won development gains have too often been eroded.

We are facing both a need and an opportunity to prepare for a sustainable future. With support from CWS, communities are finding innovative solutions to develop livelihoods, meet their needs and build new, durable infrastructure.

As people of faith, we believe we are called to protect and serve creation and seek justice for all people and future generations. Yet, even as we faithfully commit to doing our part, we recognize that these actions alone are not sufficient—this crisis requires a global response.

To create a future with clean air, a healthy environment, good jobs and resilience in the face of a changing climate for our children, countries around the world must commit to an ambitious, equitable and binding global framework to address climate change.

Urge members of Congress to protect Creation by supporting funding for climate solutions!

Climate change is creating more frequent and intense storms, prolonging droughts, food and water shortages and reducing crop yields. Its harmful consequences disproportionately impact impoverished communities. Many in our own community are reeling from disaster to disaster, with little time to recover or adapt. Climate change threatens to magnify desperation and suffering and increase instability and unrest.

Today, the United States stands alone as the only country in the world to reject the Paris climate agreement. The Administration’s decision to withdraw is also out of step with what a majority of Americans want. It is now more important than ever for us to show that we are committed to caring for God’s creation and about the devastating impact that climate change is having on vulnerable and at-risk communities, at home and overseas.

Over the next month, Congress will be deciding how to fund the federal government, including funding for programs such as the U.N’s climate program.

Contact your Member of Congress and urge them to protect Creation by advocating for continued U.S. funding for climate funding and overseas aid.