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OSJ Creation Care Update | September 06, 2018
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Statement on Trump Administration’s Overhaul of the Clean Power Plant

On Tuesday, August 21st, the Trump Administration and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed replacing an Obama-era policy to combat climate change with the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule. The plan overhauls federal pollution regulations about coal-burning power plants and eliminating government efforts to cut carbon emissions. The ACE Rule grants states the authority to make improvements at power plants as well as easing air pollution regulations.

Those most harmed by climate change are the poor—in the U.S. and around the world. We advocate for a vigorous response to climate change because we know that if we do not respond, people in poverty will continue to suffer the consequences. The CRC Office of Social Justice opposes the Affordable Clean Energy plan because of its ramifications on the health of Americans as well as its inevitable destruction of God’s creation.

Read the full statement here.

No Carbon Tax and No Plan

"Without a carbon tax, there is no mechanism to curb industrial emissions; it will be business as usual. And having no plan sends a message to the rest of Canada (and the world) that Ontario does not care about climate change or renewable energy. "

—David Flikkema, Climate Witness Project organizer for the Greater Ontario Area

Read the article here.

Justice Mobilization Specialist

Our beloved Kelsey Herbert has taken a new job in Washington, D.C., so we’re looking for a new Justice Mobilization Specialist. This person will support U.S. CRCNA congregations in learning, involvement, and effective advocacy on a range of justice issues. Apply by September 7!
Learn more »

Prayer for Faithful Leadership on Climate Change Bulletin Insert

Prayer bulletin insert for churches to use during worship about the beauty of creation and the ways it declares the glory of God, for the brokenness of the earth brought about by sin, for faithful leadership on climate, and for our participating in God's ongoing work of renewal.

Order the bulletin inserts here.

Connect with a CWP Regional Organizer in your Area!

CWP Regional Organizers help churches across the U.S. and Canada address the issue of climate change through worship, education, energy stewardship, and advocacy.

Check out the list of regions on our contact page here to locate the Regional Organizer in your region! (If your region is not represented on this list, contact our coordinator Steve Mulder at steven.mark.mulder@gmail.com.)

Are you interested in becoming a CWP regional organizer? We are looking for a new organizer for the Chicago area and California. Contact Steve Mulder at steven.mark.mulder@gmail.com if interested.

Bangladesh: The Canary in the Coal Mine

Ending hunger is possible but the immense progress that has already been made is at risk. Climate change is making life less stable, especially for vulnerable communities, and adaptation is critical. Check out this series of videos released by the CRC Office of Social Justice and World Renew's Climate Witness Project about how climate change is affecting Bangladesh.

The videos world work well for an adult education class, small group gathering, or even your persona use. After you’ve watched the videos, let us know if you would be interested in a study guide to help discuss the series in small groups.

Watch all the videos here!

Mark Your Calendars!

Preserving Ourselves: Local and International Perspectives on Climate Change Threats and Solutions
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, Michigan

A morning of discussion and debate regarding the urgent issue of how climate change is altering the course of life as we know it. We’ll hear from local businesses with global interests, from state and local government, as well as from two Dutch scholars who bring us perspectives we may wish to consider as we prepare for and attempt to mitigate the unique threats and challenges of climate change.

Learn more and RSVP to the conference here.

Cooler, Smarter Workshop
We are in the planning stages of this 7-session workshop based on the Union of Concerned Scientists’ book Cooler Smarter that will take place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each of the sessions will provide practical guidance on reducing our footprint at home in 5 areas:

  1. Transportation (Driving down emissions)
  2. Home heating and cooling
  3. Electrical ese in the home
  4. Our diets (A low-carbon diet)
  5. The things we buy

These workshops will be facilitated by 7 different CWP Partners at 7 different churches.

Our hope is that this workshop will be replicated in other regions all over the U.S. and Canada.

Stay tuned for more details!

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