UCC General Synod Endorses Green New Deal
(RNS) — The United Church of Christ has signed on for the Green New Deal.
It may be the first Christian body to endorse the environmental protection legislation sponsored in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York.
A resolution endorsing the Green New Deal, entitled “Let Justice Roll Down — Declaring Support for the Green New Deal and Affirming the Intersectionality of Climate Justice with all Justice Issues,” passed 662-30 on June 24 at the UCC’s General Synod, which ran June 21-25 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.
The vote followed endorsements from the UCC’s executive leadership and Council for Climate Justice.
Support from the Green New Deal “comes out of the history of who we are,” said the Rev. Brooks Berndt, the UCC’s minister for environmental justice.
The denomination helped launch the environmental justice movement in the 1980s, and the Rev. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., a UCC minister, is believed to have coined the phrase “environmental racism,” Berndt said.
More recently, the UCC became the first denomination to call for divestment from fossil fuels, he said.
“When the Green New Deal came out, we immediately saw this as reflecting the values and the commitments that we’ve been holding dear for all these many years,” Berndt said.
The Green New Deal — introduced in the House in February by Ocasio-Cortez — aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, build smart power grids, update buildings
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