Act in Northern Virginia!

Fight Back Against Fracked-Gas Pipelines

Two massive, fracked-gas pipelines — the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines — proposed in Virginia would have a destructive impact on our sacred watersheds and deeply valued landscapes, from the Appalachian mountains to the Chesapeake Bay. As people of faith, we have a moral responsibility to ensure justice for communities and the rest of Creation endangered by these pipelines.

Our neighbors at Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, together with Richmond Interfaith Climate Justice League and other partners, are marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by delivering a sign-on letter to Governor Ralph Northam from lay leaders and clergy raising urgent environmental justice concerns felt by communities around these pipelines.

This time of year 50 years ago, King was in Memphis, TN, to struggle with sanitation workers towards labor, economic, and environmental justice and to stand against the devastating impacts of the disposal of society’s waste on people of color.

Will you join in today by signing on to raise up the current environmental justice concerns of people of color and low-income communities caused by the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines? If we show up and speak up, we will move towards the ethical, moral, just, and sound solutions the climate crisis urgently demands. We must ensure that the most impacted among us benefit from climate solutions. Find the text of the letter and sign here by Monday, April 2nd. 

 

Rev. Laura Martin testifying in support of VA joining RGGI

ED 11 Rule to Cap Carbon in Virginia

In 2017, former Governor McAuliffe issued Executive Directive 11, directing the VA Department of Environmental Quality to begin developing the infrastructure necessary for VA to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cooperative effort of nine northeastern states working together to reduce carbon pollution through a cap and trade system.

On March 15th, Rev. Laura Martin from Rock Spring Congregational UCC in Arlington testified on behalf of Northern Virginia faith communities and delivered over 200 postcards from congregations speaking out in support of Virginia becoming the first southern state to act on climate by capping carbon pollution.

Haven’t yet signed a postcard or submitted a comment? Do so online here by April 9th.