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OSJ Creation Care Update | October 05, 2017
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On September 27, 2016, the Campus Chapel worshiping community at the University of Michigan turned on 44 rooftop solar panels and began producing their own electricity. This moment was the culmination of a year-long process of exploring options for producing renewable energy for their building. Learn more about their experience installing solar panels and the connections they see between creation/energy stewardship and faith in this article.

We’re Looking for Two New Regional Organizers

The Office of Social Justice’s Climate Witness Project (CWP) is seeking a regional organizer in the Edmonton, Alta., area and a regional organizer for the west coast of the United States (based in California, Oregon, or Washington).The CWP was launched after Synod 2012 urged action at the personal, communal, and political levels to address climate change. Regional organizers have engaged nearly 500 members from over 70 congregations across the U.S. and Canada in the effort to forestall the worst effects of climate change through worship, education, energy stewardship, and advocacy. Now, in Phase III of the CWP, we hope to involve fully 10 percent of our denomination's congregations. The regional organizer position requires passion and energy and includes a small stipend. If interested, please contact Steve Mulder at steven.mark.mulder@gmail.com.

Shunning Fossil Fuels, 40 Catholic Groups Seek Climate Action

"The joint divestment from fossil fuels is based on both their shared value of environmental protection and the financial wisdom of preparing for a carbon-neutral economy." Continue reading the article here.

It’s Not Possible to Simply ‘Adapt’ to Hurricane Irma

This is an insightful article on the connection between Hurricane Irma and COP 23, the next annual United Nations climate summit taking place this November in Bonn, Germany. Read the article here.

Got a Story?

We’re gathering success stories from our CWP churches and partners. Have an exciting story, piece of news, or milestone you can share with us? Email Steve Mulder at steven.mark.mulder@gmail.com. We’d love to share your story on the CWP website and Facebook page!

Communication Science and Climate Change Event in Michigan

Come learn about communication science, how intuitive communication can backfire, and how to communicate more effectively when discussing controversial issues, such as climate change, at this event organized by the West Michigan Conservation Network! Learn more and register for the event here.

Tell Your U.S. Representative to Act on Climate!

Ask your representative to grab someone from across the aisle and join the Climate Solutions Caucus. The House Climate Solutions Caucus is a bipartisan group of legislators that meets regularly to advance climate solutions. Its mission is to educate members on economically viable options to reduce climate risk and to explore bipartisan policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. If your representative is a Republican, you can also ask them to cosponsor the Republican Climate Resolution. Contact your representative here.

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