TAKE ACTION WITH JUBILEE!'S EARTH TEAM

To Jubilants and all who love the Earth, WELCOME!  Here you will find easy ways to take a stand and care for our “blue boat home” in particular campaigns that impact our region.  

The links given here explain the issues. Letter writing campaigns offer drafts (that you can use as is or add to) that focus on decisions that should be made, and ensure your letter are sent to those who have the power to do what is best for the planet.  For petition campaigns, the links outline the reasons for petitioning, and offer you an opportunity to join in efforts with your signature.

Campaign 1:  GETTING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO REVOKE LEGISLATION BLOCKING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM CONTROLLING SINGLE-USE PLASTICS & STYROFOAM

Subject: The Earth Team encourages Jubilants to write legislators asking them to remove the Harmful Plastics Provision from the State Budget.

Background: In 2023, multiple towns, counties and cities in North Carolina were well on their way to passing local policies that would address plastic pollution in their communities. This included Asheville, Black Mountain, Weaverville and Woodfin, where policies were in the works for potential bans on single-use plastics and styrofoam take-out containers. But before these policies could be implemented, North Carolina state politicians (with the backing of special interests groups) blocked local governments from enacting any regulations on “the use, disposition, or sale of an auxiliary container.” (153A-145.11).

Take Action: Local communities, not special interest groups, should have the ultimate say on what policies they want to see implemented in their communities. Can you join the Jubilee! Earth Team in writing a letter? To do so, please click here. Please start your letter with this paragraph:  "As a person of faith and conscience, I believe it is the moral responsibility of our state and our sacred task to be faithful stewards of this Earth. The Jubilee! Community Earth Team in Asheville is watching to see your action on this issue.”

Campaign 2.  BLOCKING THE MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE FROM OPERATIONS

Subject: The Earth Team hopes that you will take action to prevent the Mountain Valley Pipeline from starting up before the required testing on its integrity.

Overview: Appalachian Voices is tackling the spread of fracked gas through pipelines head-on by legally challenging fossil fuel proposals and pushing back against the antiquated policies and rubber-stamping agencies that govern the development of gas infrastructure. As people of faith and conscience, Creation Spirituality calls us to be good stewards of the Earth.  This is nothing less than a moral responsibility and our sacred task.  Let us join in solidarity with Appalachian Voices to protect our mountain landscapes. 

Take Action: Please add your heart and soul to this effort to stop the reckless progress of the Mountain Valley Pipeline by clicking and signing this petition.  Please Start your letter with this paragraph: “As a person of faith and conscience, Creation Spirituality calls upon me to be a good steward of the Earth.  This is nothing less than a moral responsibility and a sacred task.”

Campaign 3.  BETTER BANKING PRACTICES FOR THE EARTH & THE CHILDREN

Subject: The Earth Team asks that you write to major banks to implore them to stop funding the projects of fossil fuel industries.

Overview: JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Bank of America and Wells Fargo together provided $143 billion to fossil fuels last year. What's more, several of these banks have weakened their climate commitments and increased funding for the methane and coal sectors.

Take Action: Add your voice to an effort by the Sierra Club.  Click this link to go to a website for sending letters of protest. Please Start your letter with this paragraph:  “As a person of faith, I believe budgets are moral documents. My faith tradition calls on me to care for neighbors and to protect our climate for current and future generations.”

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