Massachusetts Interfaith Call for Carbon Pricing

As clergy and religious leaders in Massachusetts, we urgently call upon our elected representatives to enact legislation placing a price on carbon that reflects its costs to the climate, public health, and the economy.

While we come from diverse religious traditions, we share the conviction of Pope Francis that we bear a moral and spiritual responsibility to respond boldly to the climate crisis. Climate change threatens not only future generations, but also the most vulnerable of our neighbors today.

As Pope Francis has affirmed, “There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced.” These policies, Francis insists, must assure that “the economic and social costs of using up shared environmental resources are recognized with transparency and fully borne by those who incur them, not by other peoples or future generations.”

Pricing carbon is a fair and effective way to strengthen our economy, encourage use of clean and renewable energy, and protect our children and neighbors from the worst ravages of climate change. A carbon fee sends accurate price signals to the market, and rebating the revenues on an equal per-person basis progressively benefits low-income residents. (For more information, click here.)

May we leave a legacy for which our children and grandchildren will bless us.

Please use your vote, voice, and influence to put a price on carbon.

Charter Signatories

Organizations listed for identification purposes only.

Rev. Laura Everett
Executive Director
Massachusetts Council of Churches

Rev. Dr. Jim Antal
Conference Minister and President
United Church of Christ in Massachusetts

Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher
Bishop
Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

Rt. Rev. Alan Gates
Bishop
Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris
Bishop Suffragan
Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

Rt. Rev. Roy Cederholm
Retired Bishop Suffragan
Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

Rev. Sue Phillips
New England Regional Lead
Unitarian Universalist Association

Rabbi Katy Z. Allen
President, Jewish Climate Action Network

Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
Missioner for Creation Care
Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

Rev. Kathleen McTigue
Director
Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice

Rev. Dr. Tiffany Steinwert
Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life
Wellesley College
United Methodist

Tomás Insua
Global Coordinator
Global Catholic Climate Movement

Fran Ludwig
Founder
Connecting Catholics on Climate

Rev. C. Raymond Selker, O.F.M.
Director of Friary Worship
St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center
Boston
Roman Catholic

Rev. Msgr. Paul V. Garrity
Pastor
Lexington Catholic Community

Christina Leaño
Global Campaigns Coordinator
Global Catholic Climate Movement

John Bell
Yenkuei Chang
Jane Gilman
Order of Interbeing
Buddhist

Mariama White-Hammond
Minister
Bethel A.M.E. Church
African Methodist Episcopal
Boston

Rev. Dr. Peter Lovett
Christ Church United
United Church of Christ
Lowell

Rev. Dr. Abraham Waya
United Methodist Church
Brockton

Rev. Patricia Hayes
United Church of Christ
Brockton

Rabbi Robin Sparr
Temple Emanuel
Lowell

Rabbi Ilana Foss
Temple Beth Emunah
Randolph

Rev. Sarah Stewart
First Unitarian Church
Worcester

Rabbi Susan Abramson
Temple Shalom Emeth
Burlington

Rev. Barbara Threet
Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church

Rev. Wendy Bell
Interim Minister
First Parish in Malden

Rev. Michael Wayne Walker
Messiah Baptist Church
Brockton
American Baptist

Rev. Dr. Robert R. N. Ross
Consulting Minister
Universalist Unitarian Church of Brockton

Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman
Assistant Rabbi
Temple Sinai
Brookline

Sr. Pauline Leblanc, S.C.O
Sisters of Charity of Ottawa
Lowell
Roman Catholic

Sr. Marie-Thérèse Browne, S.C.N.
St. Katharine Drexel Parish
Roxbury/Dorchester
Roman Catholic

Sr. Barbara Quinn, R.S.C.J.
St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church
Cambridge

Sr. Eleanor MacLellan, R.S.C.J.
Newton/Cambridge
Roman Catholic

Amy Benjamin
Lise Olney
Leadership Team
Massachusetts Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action