OSJ Creation Care Update | December 04, 2017
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COP23 Wrap-Up Webinar: The Good, the Bad, the New, and You!

Join us this Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. (EST) for the COP23 Wrap-Up Webinar: The Good, the Bad, the New, and You!

Hear from our delegation at COP23 about the positive outcomes of the climate meetings, the disappointments, the new developments, and the steps you can take. You’ll also get a chance to ask the delegates questions about what they saw and heard!

COP23: One Faithful Voice on Climate Change

“Negotiators must not forget what climate negotiations are really about – people and communities all across the world, whose lives are in serious jeopardy as a result of climate change. This is why faith voices and larger groups like the ACT Alliance are an important part of this process. Together, we are calling for states to be accountable to these principles of human rights and sustainable community development. Together, we work to ensure that smaller or marginalized communities are not ignored as policymakers move forward.”

—Stephan Lutz, World Renew Kenya, Climate Witness Project representative at COP23

Read more of Stephan’s reflections here »

COP 23 Action Alerts

Steps you can take: Let your elected representatives know that you have paid attention to what happened at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, why you care, and what you want them to do about it.

Canada: Urge your MP to support increased climate ambition and clean energy policies!

United States: Tell your Congressperson to join the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus!

2017 Is the Tipping Point for Loss and Damage from Climate Change

“Is it time to make climate polluters pay for the losses and the damage they cause? . . . Even before we come to the end of the year, we already know that 2017 will be one of the warmest years on record, and we have seen a succession of extreme weather events around the world. . . . It is clear now that even if human-induced climate change does not cause these weather events, they get greatly exacerbated due to elevated temperatures -- and the actual loss and damage that results is now attributable, at least in part, to human-induced climate change.”
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Over 500 Partners in 77 Churches!

We're celebrating that we have Climate Witness Project teams at 77 Christian Reformed churches and over 500 partners! Thanks for your involvement and support, everyone. Let's keep up this momentum and continue to #ActOnClimate! If you'd like to be a partner, sign up here.

Before the Flood Film Screenings

“On Sunday evening, Oct. 15, 2017, about 40 people gathered at Bethel CRC in Waterdown, Ont., for a viewing of the documentary Before the Flood, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio. In this 2016 documentary, DiCaprio takes viewers around the world to meet experts and politicians in order to reveal the scale of climate change, the reasons why a few people are skeptical, the consequences of inaction, and potential paths toward a solution. The film attempts to find a balance between making clear that the earth is facing massive danger while also offering audiences a glimmer of hope that catastrophe can be averted. Creating awareness of the impacts of climate change, one of the goals of the Climate Witness Project, is an important first step to taking action.” (Henry Brouwer)

Henry Brouwer has helped several churches host screenings of Before the Flood that include helpful discussions after the film.

COP 23 Prayer: Thanksgiving

We thank God that he is sovereign and has invited us to participate in his plan for the world, which is ultimately justice and the restoration of all things. May we faithfully pray and act, remembering that “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1).

Thinking about Year-End Giving? Is the Climate Witness Project Important to You?

Help us continue this important work. This year, when you donate to the Climate Witness Project for your year-end giving, the impact of your gift will be doubled by a generous donor. You will receive an email next week with more details, but you can donate today!