Can Climate Change Action and Evangelicals Coexist?
Written by Laura Michelle Burns
I’m a strong believer that climate change is the highest moral issue of our time. Just because one is a conservative, or religious, or some combination of both; there is no reason to ignore the climate crisis. Young people of all political and religious persuasions are teeming with ambition and enthusiasm and want to take on the world’s problems. Want to know what is so awesome about this fact? When young men and women are passionate about something before they become parents carry their convictions with them once their lives are forever changed by diapers and 2 am feedings. This is true for a young group that is pushing the presidential candidates to talk about global warming.
Young Evangelicals for Climate Action
Recently, I was introduced to the Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (YECA) and my heart was warmed by the energy of this group. Every member of the steering committee is less than 30 years old, well-educated and passionate about showing the religious community that it is our responsibility to work as citizens of a nation to influence action against climate change. They believe God holds Christians accountable for caring for the Earth. And each member of YECA is committed to educating others of this responsibility.
YECA members are focusing their efforts right now in Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida, with the potential for future expansion. They place a high priority on prayer and people. The prayer is both for the people and about the climate crisis. As educated advocates and activists, the YECA works with campaign offices and organizes prayer gatherings.
“Global warming is not merely a theoretical issue; it’s a profoundly personal reality. The climate crisis has countless faces, names, and stories. We want to gather and share these stories, whether they are our own testimonies of awakening to the climate crisis, or those of our many global neighbors who are suffering from the impacts. They remind us why we are in this fight, and of all the lives that are at stake.” ~ Young Evangelicals for Climate Action
This is a relatively new group, founded in February of 2012. Their main focus so far has been to get President Obama and Governor Romney to make a commitment to work toward educating about the climate crisis. They want to make sure a commitment to solving our climate crisis is not just a campaign promise, but also a national priority.
If you are interested in joining this group’s efforts, consider signing their Call to Action and getting involved. The opportunities for action can be as simple as sharing their Climate Testimony videos on social media outlets, or as involved as becoming a local organizer.
How we can work towards an end to Global Warming:
I share YECA’s viewpoint that Global Warming is ominous. But this is the time our world needs us, and this is an opportunity to reach out to those who share our planet. I see that we have four opportunities to support an end to global warming:
1. to transform the world’s economies into clean energy economies
2. to create millions of sustainable jobs
3. to eliminate an incredible amount of deadly and debilitating pollution
4. to work so that sustainable economic progress will become the norm in the majority world
The movement to protect our Earth and our children’s future will never be done, and every bit of effort provides another ounce of influence in the world. Along with Moms Clean Air Force, YECA is educating and using their reach to help us achieve this goal. Global warming is our responsibility on this Earth and no one can afford to stand idly by.