Carroll Ministries, Interfaith Power & Light, U.S. Green Building Council, and Green For All engaged church leaders and congregations at Green The Church Summit
On October 25, 2016, one hundred African American faith leaders from around the country joined together for the third annual Green The Church Summit. The summit explored and expanded the role of churches as centers for environmental and economic resilience. The faith leaders at the Summit have helped black and brown communities that are often the most impacted by pollution from fossil fuel and waste facilities fight for clean water and air, as well as increasing health, wealth, and opportunity.
View photos from the Summit.
Faith leaders who attended the summit took part in various events ranging from worship services to a virtual environmental justice “tour” of Baltimore to a training program on how to green your church.
Statements on the Summit:
Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll, Founder of Green The Church said, “The people of faith who have come together today from around the country to worship and work together are united in our desire for families at the front lines of pollution and climate change to be prioritized at the forefront of the green economy. A stronger carbon pollution cap and a focus on equity in RGGI will lead to cleaner air and more funds for green investments in frontline communities.”
Rev. Kip Banks Sr., Senior Pastor of East Washington Heights Baptist Church, of Upper Marlboro, said, “We are called to look out for the ‘least of these,’ and for the past 10 years communities of color and low income communities have been starting to see the benefitsof a carbon pollution cap in Maryland and throughout the entire Northeast. We as a faith community need to continue to support strengthening RGGI to build a stronger economy and a healthy environment over the next decade.”
Robin Lewis of Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA) said, “As an environmental advocate, it is my hope that Governor Hogan will support legislation that will reduce carbon emissions. The potential for stronger pollution control as proposed by RGGI will further the fight against climate change while investing in communities that have suffered the most because of poor air quality, helping Maryland to move in the right direction towards environmental justice.“
Sydney Snow, Director of Strategic Engagement of Green For All said,
“RGGI and any policy that puts a price on carbon, has huge economic and societal implications. Given this, it is critical that polluters be made to pay the full social cost of their emissions and low-income communities and communities of color be prioritized in emissions reductions and investments.”