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Letter Delivered to U.S. State Department at COP28

Dec 5, 2023 | Press Releases |

Press Statement

For Immediate Release: December 5, 2023

Contact: Tiffany Hartung, tiffany@interfaithpowerandlight.org

At COP28, the Global Climate Summit, in Dubai, UAE, Interfaith Power & Light Delivered a Faith Letter Urging President Biden to Commit to Bold and Just Climate Actions

Dubai, UAE– Today at COP28 in Dubai, Interfaith Power & Light delivered a letter signed by 3,700 people of faith and conscience from across the United States to the U.S. State Department. The letter urges President Biden and the U.S. delegation to bring the full power and persuasion of the U.S. government to achieve agreements at COP28 in Dubai that will rapidly cut emissions and keep global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees. It also asks that the U.S. does its fair share to support developing nations and people on the front lines of extreme climate impacts by scaling up funding, investments, and clean technology transfer. 

Receiving the letter was the Senior Advisor to the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and Director, Climate Negotiations and Programs at the U.S. Department of State, Trigg Talley, stating that “The faith voice domestically and here at COP is so important particularly because of the things that [Interfaith Power & Light] does to educate and uplift voices at home [in the U.S.] that make us able to do our job internationally. Because we need leaders at home in order to lead internationally.”

In the first four days of the COP28 summit, the U.S. made a commitment of $17.5 million towards the Loss and Damage Fund, as well as a pledge of $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund, which was announced by Vice President Harris. The $3 billion has yet to be appropriated and likely faces a tough road through Congress. 

President of Interfaith Power & Light, Rev. Susan Hendershot, stated, “We appreciate the work that the U.S. negotiators are doing to scale up ambition and increase climate finance pledges. We know that people of faith and conscience want even more from the U.S. Government as we work to do our fair share as the largest historic emitter of greenhouse gas emissions. But negotiators can’t make pledges in the global arena that we can’t deliver on at home through Congress. That’s why we are urging our faith communities to speak up and demand climate action.”

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