The transition to a renewable energy economy is critical to addressing the global climate crisis. As faith organizations, we want to ensure that this shift is just and environmentally sustainable for eco-systems and human communities. This includes advocating for communities to have a voice in siting mining operations for the exploding demand for minerals such as lithium, cobalt, nickel and copper. It includes advocating for recycling and reuse of minerals and components, and other approaches to minimize the need for new mining. We also must change the focus from technological innovations to how we can live more in harmony with the environment and in solidarity with communities most threatened by extractivism.
People of faith are advocating for the Clean Energy Minerals Reform Act as one step toward more sustainable and just extraction of resources for the shift to a renewable energy economy. Below you may read a letter signed by about 60 organizations in support of this bill.