November 19, 2014
WASHINGTON — Representatives from 17 religious organizations, including Peter Adriance of the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs (OPA) (photo, back row, second from left), met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to highlight the support and work of the faith community on the rules to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. Many religious leaders had testified on behalf of their faith communities at EPA hearings held across the country over the past year.
Adriance had testified at hearings on November 2013 and February 2014, and Anthony Vance, OPA Director, had done so on July 2014. At the meeting with Administrator McCarthy, organized by Creation Justice Ministries, Adriance was invited to lead off with a Baha’i prayer. Faith representatives at the meeting presented McCarthy with copies of their testimony and letters of support for her agency’s efforts to reduce carbon pollution.
Administrator McCarthy noted that the backing of diverse faith communities makes “an enormous difference” in the work of the Agency. She said that climate change is not a matter of belief but rather a factual matter, however it is not disconnected from faith. She said that faith has a powerful voice in both caring for creation and caring for “the least of these” – the poor and vulnerable who are bearing the brunt of climate change impacts.
For more information and a listing of the organizations represented at the meeting see the Creation Justice Ministries press release.