Steering Committee Member Featured on Activist Panel

Rachel Lamb on 24 Hours of Reality

An evangelical voice was heard on Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project tonight as I had the opportunity to represent Y.E.C.A. on the Youth Activism Panel an hour before the program’s grand finale. What an opportunity to be among a variety of passionate climate action leaders and share together a vision for mobilization and collaboration! Nevertheless, the Christian perspective is distinct.  Out of love first and foremost for God, we love and serve that which Jesus loves and serves — including the poor and vulnerable who Jesus identifies himself with in Matthew 25. Our hope is rooted in his good plan of redemption in this world and our opportunity to serve as agents of this truth. I was able to share Y.E.C.A.’s three fold strategy to mobilize our generation of evangelicals, influence senior evangelical leaders in the church and keep our political leaders accountable. Even amidst the voices of activists all over the globe, our message is powerful and unique. Behind the scenes I had numerous conversations with other panelists who expressed their excitement in hearing that the church was getting involved in this fight. Al Gore, who identifies himself as being an evangelical Christian, told me that he was glad that the evangelical message was told tonight and that he was encouraged by our work. As we continue on in this work, may we continue to bring glory to our good God!

See Rachel on hour 23 (min 44:45) of the 24 Hours of Reality Project 

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About Rachel Lamb

Rachel Lamb is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park where she is pursuing both a Master of Public Policy and Master of Science in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology. She received a B.S. in Environmental Studies, B.A. in International Relations, and Human Needs and Global Resources Program (HNGR) certificate in development from Wheaton College, IL, where she graduated with highest honor. As part of her professional development, Rachel worked for numerous agencies and organizations including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, A Rocha Peru in Lima, Peru, National Socio-Ecological Synthesis Research Center, and the U.S. EPA. While working at the EPA as a GRO Fellow, Rachel developed a Climate Change Adaptation Guide for Native American communities in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Currently, Rachel serves as a Project Coordinator for Society for Conservation Biology and is working in collaboration with the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative to develop a 5-year Conservation Framework for priority resources in the region. Rachel’s professional expertise is finding interdisciplinary strategies to climate change mitigation and adaption, which simultaneously address ecological, economic and sociopolitical concerns. This includes both community-based conservation and national policy development. Rachel’s current research focuses on mapping global “hotspots” of highest social-ecological vulnerability and greatest impact under climate and land use change. Her vocational passions also drive her to facilitate dialogue and action on creation care within the Christian community as she believes that societal transformation will flow from the church bearing witness to God’s mission of love, hope, and restoration in this world.