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Alaska Native Elders, Interfaith Leaders, and Top Scientists Sign Petition Calling President Obama to Regulate Carbon Air Pollution


ANCHORAGE, AK— On Saturday, November 5, diverse community leaders from across Alaska came together for an interactive discussion calling for action on climate change. “One People, One Earth” included prominent arctic climate scientists, Alaska Native elders, and faith leaders from the Protestant, Catholic, and Muslim communities.

The diverse panel drafted and signed a petition (see below) calling upon President Obama to “Act Now to Regulate Carbon Air Pollution because our lives and those of future generations depend on it.”

The petition to President Obama is available for all Alaskans to sign on line at: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-president-of-the-united-states-act-now-to-regulate-carbon-air-pollution. Copies of the petition are also being sent to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson; Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich.

Participating faith leaders were all “in agreement that God has entrusted human beings with the care of creation. Our holy texts make it clear that God considers the earth sacred and put us on the earth to care for it. Our concern for our neighbors and all creation in suffering, and our responsibility to future generations, make caring for God’s creation a religious and moral imperative. Taking meaningful action on climate change is essential.”

All of the panelists agreed that human caused climate change poses severe risk to Alaskans, our state, our nation, and the world; and that we are already experiencing significant suffering from climate change. The petition and video of the conference are available online at onepeopleoneearth.org <http://www.onepeopleoneearth.org>

What: One People, One Earth: Arctic climate scientists, Alaska Native Elders, and Alaskan interfaith leaders held an interactive conversation to inspire meaningful action on climate change through greater respect for the earth and one another.

Who: Panelists include: Elder Elaine Abraham - Elder Rita Blumenstein - Dr. Doug Causey - Dr. Terry Chapin - Imam Dr. Ataur Chowdhury - Rev. Curtis Karns - Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff - Libby Roderick (moderator) - Fr. Thomas Weise.

This event was sponsored by Alaska Interfaith Power & Light, the UAA Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Engagement and the Academic Support Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence at UAA.

Mary Walker, Executive Director of Alaska Interfaith Power & Light, stated: “Last year, carbon dioxide emissions reached an all time high of 33 billion tons, and carbon air pollution is already significantly impacting the lives of Alaskans, and poor and vulnerable people around the world. ‘One People, One Earth’ brought together Alaskan faith, indigenous, and scientific leaders to call attention to the impacts already occurring in Alaska and urge the rest of the nation to stand in solidarity in taking meaningful action on climate change because human lives are at stake.”

To schedule interviews, with Reverend Karns, Father Thomas Weise, and Imam Dr. Ataur Chowdhury, please contact Mary Walker, Alaska Interfaith Power & Light Executive Director at 907-978-7766 or mary@akipl.org <mailto:mary@akipl.org>


President Obama: Act Now to Regulate Carbon Air Pollution

Dear Mr. President,

There are compelling religious, scientific, and Alaska Native cultural reasons to take action NOW on regulation of carbon air pollution.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has demonstrated great success in designing and enforcing regulations concerning sulfur and nitrogen emissions from power plants, effectively eliminating acid rain. Let’s build on this great success.

We urge you and the EPA to do the same thing immediately with respect to implementing and enforcing regulations concerning carbon air pollution.

There is a moral imperative to act now. The Great Land and its people are suffering.

The costs of Climate Change are significant now and will be even greater for future generations. By signing this petition I call upon you Mr. President to heed our collective call for climate change action because our lives and those of future generations depend on it.


Mary Elizabeth Walker
Executive Director
Stewards of Creation
Alaska Interfaith Power & Light


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