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.


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    Duane B.
    .4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing.

    Sarah Hill
    Sarah Hill5 years ago

    I don't believe there is climate change. The weather goes in cycles. The Almanac predicts weather by looking back 100 years and they are pretty accurate.

    Terry V.
    Terry V5 years ago

    Mother Nature Needs Us

    Elena T.
    Elena Poensgen5 years ago

    Thank you

    Linda L.
    Linda L5 years ago

    Christian groups are more likely to listen to them then to secular organizations, so very glad to hear of this, and for all who feel we are stewards of the earth whether for religious or other reasons.

    Elizabeth S.
    Liz Sowers5 years ago

    Happy to hear of this group

    Danuta Watola
    Danuta W5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

    Evelyn M.
    Evelyn M5 years ago

    Thanks my friend Gene J. Great statistics!

    Liliana G.
    Liliana Garcia5 years ago

    All the evidence is here to see; temperatures, frequency of extreme weather phenomena, storms, tornadoes, forest fires, droughts, all becoming more severe and appearing in places not common. Too many people have been making BIG MONEY and too many people have remained complacent. Is ir reversible at this point? I doubt it. Maybe a second viewing of the film "AI" will serve to remind us the upper crust probably has a plan where to move and how to shift the population around, as usual.

    Lynx P.
    Lynx P5 years ago

    After decades of laughing at and denying what scientists have been saying all along, the religious fanatics have Finally "seen the light" of Facts instead of favoring their blind fantasy.

    Priority is on prayer? The same failed prayers, like Rick Perry's "Weekend Prayer for Rain", that do nothing. Wishful thinking produces NO results. Actual effort does.