The Climate Witness Project has so far involved nearly 250 CRC members in 40 congregations across the U.S. and Canada on the issue of climate change.
The Climate Witness Project has so far been able to
- show the video series Climate Conversation: Kenya in 35 congregations.
- send daily reports from the 2015 Paris climate talks.
- place 14 op-eds in leading publications across the U.S. and Canada and in CRC blogs.
- hold 15 advocacy meetings with federal legislators in the U.S. and Canada.
- achieve ENERGY STAR certification for the denominational building and likely two congregations for their efforts in reducing their energy use—with more to follow.
But there is more work to be done.
The Paris Agreement, the result of 20-plus years of diplomatic wrangling, was an historic moment in the global fight against climate change, but it was the starting point, not the finish line. The work of turning its important words into even more important policy and public action remains, and we all have an important role to play. The U.S. and Canada made promises in Paris: to reduce carbon emissions, to assist developing nations as they adapt to the effects of climate change, and to lead the global community toward a low-carbon economy. These are big promises. As the Church, we have a role to play in making sure that they are kept, for the sake of God’s creation and for millions of our global neighbors around the world who are hurt by a changing climate.
The Office of Social Justice and World Renew have put significant resources into making sure the CRC is doing its part, but it’s not enough. The Climate Witness Project is quickly outgrowing its budget just as its work is needed the most.
That’s where you come in.
Will you consider becoming a partner in the promise-keeping work of the Climate Witness Project? Any level of support is a crucial part of helping the CRC maintain its witness on this issue. Whether it’s $5, $10, $100 or another amount, your support will go directly toward helping the promises for a future of safety and stability for our global neighbors become a reality.