I agree with the Monday letter “Care for Earth and help mankind” from Stephanie Rapp, who supports actions encouraged by Pope Francis' encyclical asking all of us "to act” and address climate change.
Converting to alternative energy as individuals is certainly a step in the right direction. However the simple fact is that resistance to real change from the fossil fuel and meat-agribusiness industries that enjoy constitutional rights and the freedom to use “money as speech” make it realistically impossible to accomplish real systemic change at the national level.
This is the result of a number of Supreme Court decisions dating from as early as 1886. We will not obtain meaningful reductions in greenhouse gases by incremental individual actions alone.
The only sure way is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will eliminate corporate constitutional rights (also referred to as corporate personhood) and money as speech. On the day the amendment is approved, legislators no longer needing to depend on “free speech money” to be elected and supported by the millions of citizens who obtain the amendment, will begin to impose reasonable but effective restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions.
Who will be these millions of advocates for change? They will be members of mainstream communities of faith and ethical convictions who, putting aside real differences, come together to follow Pope Francis’ appeal. The Interfaith Caucus of Move to Amend, a national coalition seeking to obtain this amendment (See HJR 48 in the U.S. House of Representatives), is reaching out to all faith and ethical communities who believe, as the pope said, that we are “stewards of creation."
More information is available at www.movetoamend.org/interfaith-caucus.