In a letter to members of Congress, the groups say the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is an important way to â€œbuild resilience and stability in the face of the unavoidable impacts of climate change,â€ an issue they say their faith backgrounds call them to focus on.
â€œWe are guided by principles of stewardship, compassion and justice in confronting the moral crisis of our changing climate,â€ the groups wrote in their letter. “The Green Climate Fund represents an important step in global cooperation needed to build a more resilient world and to move us along the path toward a low carbon future.â€
The GCF is an international pool of money designed to help poor and developing countries cope with climate change. Obama has requested Congress provide $750 million for the fund in 2017.
Republican lawmakers have resisted that push, viewing the GCF as a wasteful international slush fund. They shut out Obamaâ€™s $500 million request from last yearâ€™s spending bills.
However, the administration was able to find the funding elsewhere in the budget and in March made its first contribution toward the $3 billion Obama has promised to spend on the GCF by 2020.
The GCF has been a rallying point for environmentalists and other groups, who say the U.S. has a responsibility, as a high-polluting nation, to work with poorer countries that will be impacted by climate change. [More]