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Take Action on Climate Change on Mother’s Day!

Did you know that climate change is a women’s issue? Given the particular roles women play in society, from caregivers to farmers and collectors of fuel and water, the increase of storms, deserts, floods and other climate changes often means more work and hardships for women and girls. [See “Enough #2” for more information.]

Did you know that climate change is a justice issue? The impact of rising oceans, storms, inadequate food and water has a greater impact on poor communities and communities of color around the world which have fewer resources to deal with the impacts of climate change. [View “Sisters on the Planet” for more information.]

This Mother’s Day, we urge you to take action for climate change, as a way of advocating for the needs of women and girls around the world. This is a decisive year, when nations of the world will gather in Copenhagen to negotiate a new global climate treaty. We need to let our leaders know that climate policy needs to account for women and girls; for poor communities in the global North and South, and for communities of color. This needs to happen through “adaptation funding” to help communities face the impacts of climate change, and also by our taking responsibility for reducing the amount of fossil fuels we consume.

Here’s what you can do:

1. Ask your pastor if you can include the bulletin insert in the worship bulletin this Sunday, Mother’s Day. It includes a sample letter and opinion piece.

2. Encourage members of your unit and your congregation to send a letter to the editor or submit an opinion piece to your local paper calling for just climate change legislation this year. Many of these concerns are addressed by the Waxman-Markey bill in Congress. Please send a copy of your letter to the Green Team office, ebrown@gbgm-umc.org, 777 UN Plaza, 11th floor, New York, NY 10017.

3. Write to your Congressional representatives calling for just climate policy that includes “adaptation funding.” You can use these talking points.

4. Contact your UMW Green Team member to resource you on further action for climate change (call Esmeralda Brown, 212-682-3633 for information).

5. Ask for hundreds of Countdown to Copenhagen post cards calling on the Obama Administration to address just climate change policy and committing to personal lifestyle changes. We hope United Methodist Women can gather 10,000 signed postcards by September 2009. Contact Sophony Lamour, 212-682-3633 for bulk postcards. Sign the card online, at: www.Countdown2Copenhagen.org.

6. Host a gathering to view “Sisters on the Planet,” with UMW discussion guide, and use it as an opportunity to sign post cards. To obtain the Sisters on the Planet DVD and Study Guide, contact Esmeralda Brown, ebrown@gbgm-umc.org.

7. Let us know what you are doing! We’re eager to learn from each other. Contact Esmeralda Brown, ebrown@gbgm-umc.org or post your thoughts on the United Methodist Women Online Community at http://www.umwonline.org/environment


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