[Episcopal Public Policy Network] The U.S. and its international partners are currently preparing for the December 2015 United Nations climate conference, and a key component of these negotiations is the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The poorest countries are often the most severely affected by our changing climate, and the GCF is a financial mechanism that will help these vulnerable states to reduce their carbon emissions and to adapt to the devastating impacts of climate change.
This Fund is reliant on the leadership, cooperation, and financial backing of participating countries and in order for the U.S. to contribute its fair share, Congress must allocate GCF funding through the appropriations process. For Fiscal Year 2016, President Obama has requested $500 million from U.S. Congress to help establish the GCF.
As an Episcopal advocate, you can support a strong international climate deal through asking your members of Congress to fund the GCF. Episcopal Church policy urges the President and Congress to provide financial support and leadership for developing nations to control their emissions of greenhouse gases in order to reduce their vulnerability to climate change.