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OSJ Creation Care Update | July 19, 2018
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Climate Witness Partners have been getting creative about creation care—and this is a necessity because the same old thinking won’t be enough to solve new problems. We’ve had dozens of submissions to our worship resources project. A few creative filmmakers gave a lot of their time to put together a series that shows and tells the story of how climate change is impacting Bangladesh. And regional organizers continue to try new ideas for connecting on a local level, including a piece this month that brings us back to the powerful Biblical theme of finding hope in the middle of trouble.

Finding Hope in 2018

"Now, 20 years later, I am seeing creativity and delight in people’s reaction to the earth and a real movement in both society and faith groups that gives me hope."

Cindy Verbeek, our Climate Witness Project Regional Organizer for British Columbia, wrote this blog post about some of the things that give her hope in her work combating climate change.

A Warming World Creates Desperate People

A reporter who has focused on the stories of people who migrate writes this piece, which links two of the CRC Office of Social Justice critical issues: immigration and climate change.

“The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that since 2008, 22.5 million people have been displaced by climate-related or extreme weather events...As our world heats up and sea levels rise, the problem of forced migration around the world is projected to become far worse.”

Bangladesh: The Canary in the Coal Mine

Millions of people every year are displaced due to weather hazards like storms, extreme heat, and floods. In Bangladesh, changing weather patterns and rainy seasons, droughts, and flooding are threatening food security and the livelihoods of farmers. Check out the new video, Bangladesh: The Canary in the Coal Mine, about how climate change is affecting Bangladesh. The video would work well for an adult education class, small group gathering, or even your own personal use. This video is the first in a series, so stay tuned for more videos!

Worship Resources Collection Coming in January

Thank you to everyone who submitted resources for the new crowd-sourced collection of creation care worship resources! We received many great resources and look forward to reviewing all the submissions and putting together the collection. Stay tuned for the January release of this free online collection of resources for congregations to use in worship! Read more about the background behind this project in CRC News.

Changes in EPA Leadership

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned earlier this month. National organizer and spokesperson for our partners at Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, offered this statement about his resignation, his replacement, and its implications for climate change work.

Getting Close to Reaching 100 Churches/Organizations

We're getting closer and closer to celebrating 100 Climate Witness Project (CWP) churches/organizations, with CWP teams at 98 churches and over 700 partners! Thanks for your involvement and support, everyone. Let's keep up this momentum! Help us get to 100! If you'd like to be a partner, sign up at crcna.org/cwp-subscribe.

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