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OSJ Creation Care Update | March 08, 2019
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Support Bold Climate Action!

Canada’s current goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2005 emissions by 2030, though a 2018 report found that the federal government’s current climate plan will fall short of its stated goals. As an expression of love for God’s awesome creation, let your MP know that you, as a person of faith, want meaningful climate action – consistent with the principles of the Paris Agreement – to reduce GHG emissions and address climate change.

CWP Leads & Learns at Solar Lobby Day in Lansing

On Tuesday, February 19th, people of faith and climate advocates alike gathered at the Central United Methodist Church in Lansing to prepare for a day of legislative meetings and coalition building in support of solar energy production in Michigan. Michigan’s solar industry has been a major success, employing more than 4,000 Michiganders while allowing Michigan residents and businesses to reduce their electricity costs by generating their own clean, renewable energy.

However, a current rate increase proposal by DTE Energy pending before the Public Service Commission would slam the brakes on rooftop solar energy. CWP partners at churches across West Michigan - including Christians at Church of the Servant and Plymouth United Church of Christ whose buildings have solar panels - eagerly arrived and held meetings with Representatives and Senators who were receptive.

The Climate Witness Project encourages partners across the United States to organize and schedule legislative meetings, support solar energy production, and speak boldly to their elected officials to protect God’s protection.

Climate Conversations in Churches

In the past year CWP organizers have had more requests from churches for presentations on climate change than the previous five years combined. Since we’ve had so many opportunities we feel like we’re getting better and better at leading these conversations and we want to keep the momentum going! Our organizers can lead discussions on:

  • the theology of creation care
  • how countries on the front lines are adapting to climate change
  • what is CWP and how can you get involved?
  • the science of climate change and ideas for how to respond╾including some inspiration and tips to reduce your own energy footprint

Contact Andrew, aoppong@crcna.org, if you are interested in setting up a presentation with your regional organizer.

Write a Prayer about Clean Water Rollbacks by the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency is issuing a new regulation regarding waterways, which could have negative effects on drinking water, waterways, and wetlands. This is a rollback of the Clean Water Rule. The National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE), a CWP partner, is collecting prayers to be sent to the EPA during the comment period, which runs until April 15.

We invite you to write prayers and join senior religious leaders, clergy, and lay leaders as we pray that the EPA uphold its mission to protect human health and clean water. Send prayers to Cameron Kritikos at ckritikos@crcna.org. Interested in learning more? Read CWP’s Rev. Richard Killmer’s op-ed from the Press Herald about repealing the Clean Water Rule.

New Climate Conversation: Bangladesh Bible Study Videos and Materials

Looking for new faith-based materials to talk about creation care and climate change with your Bible study, small group, or youth group?

We just launched the Bangladesh Bible Study Series. This is a three-week Bible study designed to help Christians engage faithfully with the issue of climate change in church groups, youth groups, community organizations, and more. It not only explores our biblical mandate to be stewards of creation but also convicts us of our Christian calling to be advocates for people who are poor and vulnerable. Get the Bible study materials and accompanying videos at worldrenew.net/creationcare!

We’re Hiring! Apply for the Mobilizing and Advocacy Fellowship

Our office is hiring! We’re looking for our Mobilizing and Advocacy Fellow. If you are interested in faith, policy, and social justice apply for our fellowship. The deadline to apply is March 22. Apply here!

The fellowship is a 1-year full-time paid position offered to recent college or university graduates. The fellow helps our office develop and assist in timely and effective advocacy and mobilizing strategies relating to selected issues of U.S. and Canadian policies, especially those that benefit the poor and oppressed. They will gain invaluable hands-on experience in real world advocacy and faith-based mobilizing.

In Case You Missed It

  • Have you ever looked for songs and hymns that reflect our call to serve and protect creation? Perhaps for an Earth Day or a spring-time service? Check out this last installment in our crowd-sourced (and meticulously reviewed) set of creation care resources: Creation Care Songs & Hymns. Thank you to everyone who submitted resources!
  • New Advocacy Workshop! The Faith in Action: Practicing Biblical Advocacy Workshop will help you learn how to navigate the political system to make your voice heard by local, provincial, and national leaders. This workshop was developed for Canada, but a U.S. version is available upon request. Get the workshop »
  • The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act has received bipartisan support, will reduce carbon emissions, put money in the pockets of Americans, create jobs in clean energy, and operate as revenue neutral, thus the government will not keep any collected revenue. Ask your Member of Congress to support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act!
  • Are you you passionate about climate justice? Do you want to be at ground-zero with those who are on the front lines of climate justice? Come, stretch yourself with the East Africa Climate Witness Bootcamp trip.

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