“Many people want to return to normality and resume economic activities. Certainly, but this ‘normality’ should not include social injustices and the degradation of the environment. The pandemic is a crisis, and we do not emerge from a crisis the same as before: either we come out of it better, or we come out of it worse. We must come out of it better, to counter social injustice and environmental damage. Today we have an opportunity to build something different.”
- Pope Francis, Aug. 19, 2020
Congress is considering legislation about how to best support our nation’s infrastructure and economic recovery. Lawmakers must set aside their differences to reach a strong, bipartisan agreement to make the investments necessary to care for the earth and for those on the margins of society. As a follower of Jesus, you can lend your voice to ensure that we build a better future that promotes the common good and protects the environment, the poor, and the vulnerable.
Tell your Representatives and Senators to act now by working across the aisle and committing to climate and energy policy that benefits those disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation; prioritizing job creation for the poor and marginalized; ensuring access to safe, decent, and affordable housing for all Americans; and enacting economic policies that strengthen families.
We encourage you to add your own personal story about the need for an infrastructure plan that cares for those on the margins in the message as well.
You can learn more about the USCCB’s specific requests for the infrastructure plan here.