Interfaith Works Board of Directors Endorsed Initiative 732, Clean Energy for Our Children’s Future
The Earth Stewards of Interfaith Works are active on the issue of climate change and what we can do locally to make a difference. With the support of the Stewards, at its monthly meeting February 9, 2016, the Interfaith Works Board of Directors unanimously adopted the following motion:
People of faith worldwide bring a crucial spiritual and moral voice to the issue of climate change and the pressing need to act boldly. The Interfaith Works Board of Directors* finds that passage of Initiative 732 would be an important step forward in combating climate change and therefore endorses I-732 and will educate its members and the wider community about climate change and the value I-732 would have in stemming the worst effects on low-income people and on the ecosystem that sustains use all.
I-732 would place a tax on carbon emissions in Washington in order to reduce use of fossil fuels, which are having such a devastating effect on climate. The intent is that the law be “revenue neutral” so the Business and Occupation tax would be eliminated, and the sales tax would be reduced by a penny, thereby reducing the regressive nature of our state’s tax system. Some of the revenue generated by the carbon tax would also be returned to people currently filing for the Earned Income Tax Credit, also a help to low income people.
The state legislature did not act on I-732 last winter, so it will be on the general election ballot on November 8th. The ballot title is: Washington Carbon Emission Tax and Sales Tax Reduction, Initiative 732 (2016). (PDF file)
Interfaith Works encourages people of faith to vote yes/approve I-732.
*This action reflects the position of the Board of Directors of Interfaith Works and does not represent the views of any specific member faith community or congregation of Interfaith Works or any related denominational movement.
Download, print and share the Interfaith Works brochure on supporting 1-732 here.
Something to Think About From Pope Francis
“The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all. At the global level, it is a complex system linked to many of the essential conditions for human life. . . . As [greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxides and others)] build up in the atmosphere, they hamper the escape of heat produced by sunlight at the earth’s surface. The problem is aggravated by a model of development based on the intensive use of fossil fuels, which is at the heart of the worldwide energy system.
“[C]hanges in climate, to which animals and plants cannot adapt, lead them to migrate; this in turn affects the livelihood of the poor, who are then forced to leave their homes, with great uncertainty for their future and that of their children. There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation. They are not recognized by international conventions as refugees; they bear the loss of the lives they have left behind, without enjoying any legal protection whatsoever. Sadly, there is widespread indifference to such suffering, which is even now taking place throughout our world. Our lack of response to these tragedies involving our brothers and sisters points to the loss of that sense of responsibility for our fellow men and women upon which all civil society is founded.”
His Holiness, Pope Francis, Laudato Si,