I loved the Gazette story about the Evangelical minister in Texas (Oct. 16). Wayne Christopher joins a growing number of evangelicals who feel that God asks us to protect the Earth. Over 18,000 evangelical congregations are part of the Evangelical Environmental Network (creationcare.org)

The Catholic Church involves itself also. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics join in care for "Our Common Home" through Global Catholic Climate Movement (catholicclimatemovement.global). We believe like Pope Francis that, "On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act."

Our terrible drought in northeastern Montana, the hurricanes, fires, and the retreat of our glaciers have many of us in the Evangelical Christian and Catholic communities asking ourselves what role we humans play in the warming of our world. We believe that activism is necessary. We are appointed stewards of the earth.

That is why many of us support carbon pricing to rapidly reduce fossil fuel emissions and slow future warming and damage while protecting jobs and the most vulnerable peoples. Carbon Fee and Dividend (CFD) is a proposed price on carbon that does just that — grows the economy (even in Montana), protects the poor, saves lives and doesn't require tax increases or regulation; it is market-based and it works.

Please ask our Congressional representatives (Senators Daines and Tester, Representative Gianforte) to enact the CFD.

Cecily Schroepfer

Franciscan Sister

Billings

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