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April 15, 2019
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Holy Week Lament and Easter Hope

Dear Climate Witness Project supporter,

Do you ever wonder if you need to stop reading the news, just to stay sane?

We’ve been hearing a lot of discouraging climate news recently:

  • A report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) made it clear that the consequences of climate change will be felt with greater severity and much sooner than we expected.
  • Canada is warming more quickly than the global average.
  • Rollbacks and proposed replacements in the U.S. by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Trump Administration of the Clean Water Rule, the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, and the Affordable Clean Energy Rules.

It’s enough to make you want to bury your head in the sand some days.

Holy Week stops us in our tracks. We journey with Jesus towards the cross. We look the pain and suffering of God’s good creation, of vulnerable people, of future generations in the face.

And we know...that the story doesn’t end on Good Friday. We mourn now, but we can hold our heads high--we have hope. We are Easter people. We know that Creator God is redeeming all things. So we work for climate justice with confidence, knowing that our efforts are not in vain:

  • We have hard conversations with people about the facts of climate change.
  • We advocate to our elected representatives for policies that combat climate change and protect those most vulnerable to its effects.
  • We work to make our church properties more energy efficient.

“The climate crisis can feel overwhelming.
The reports speak of ever more dire consequences and increasing urgency.

My hope comes from our nearly 1,000 partners from nearly 200 churches and organizations representing 16 denominations. I believe that God is
blessing the efforts of so many people of faith
who love the creation
and are working to steward and protect it.

I am blessed to work with these amazing people and am encouraged
every day by what I see them doing.”

—Steve Mulder, Climate Witness Project Consultant  

Thank you for participating in this Easter hope for a restored creation! The Climate Witness Project is only as strong as those who participate in it and support it. Everything we’ve been able to accomplish together is a testament to your stubborn hope. Thank you!

You’ll have a chance early next week to support the Climate Witness Project financially, in celebration of Earth Day. Will you consider giving to keep this project going? Our regional organizers’ honoraria, resource production, and more depend on your support.

In Holy Week lament and Easter hope,
The Climate Witness Project team

PS If you would like, you can also give today. Simply visit justice.crcna.org/donate to help to sustain the work of the Climate Witness Project.

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